In 300 words or less, tell us how a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker has amazed you by their journey or inspired you by making a difference to others.
Last year’s winner was Chuck Wright, of Valier
Wright was diagnosed with a deadly testicular cancer in November 1981, when his physician told him to go home and enjoy his last Christmas with his family. That didn’t happen.
Chuck was nominated as a star survivor by his wife, Jeanne who was inspired by his will to keep fighting and keep positive. He overcame this cancer and lived the next 31 years of his life.
Back then, his then 4-year-old son offered the source of his inspiration. “I wanted to watch him grow up,” said Wright.
Upon accepting his award, Wright said that he praises God every day. And when he recollected Christmas 1981, he said, “The hardest thing was when my 4-year-old son opened the last Christmas present. It was pretty tough.”
Wright has had his struggles along the way, also surviving two strokes. “Never give up,” said Wright.
Wright worked as a custodian for the Sesser-Valier school district for 27 years before retiring in 2011.
Click here to submit your nominations by September 18, 2014.
Call 618.457.5200 ext 67128 for more information.