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Belle Aire sixth-grader selected as part of Avon Walk Youth Crew

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:20 a.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – Belle Aire Elementary School sixth-grade student Madalyn Quitter will be one of just 16 children to serve on the Youth Crew for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on will get the experience of a lifetime June 1 and 2.

Quitter was inspired to participate by a close friend of the family, whom they call Auntie Donna. She was diagnosed with breast cancer that has since metastasized to her brain.

“Madalyn is going to the walk to represent Auntie Donna, as well as bring awareness to this horrible cancer,” said her mother, Kim. “It will be a wonderful learning experience and a huge giving moment for her.”

Quitter was chosen for the Youth Crew based on an essay she submitted about how breast cancer has impacted her life, how much she loves encouraging and uplifting others, and what she hopes to gain from participating, according to School District 58.

“Seeing my aunt fight breast cancer has made this disease more real for me now, and I want to help find a cure for it by supporting the people who walk,” Quitter wrote. “I love to help and cheer people on. I always tell my friends at school to never give up, along with my friends at figure skating, and now I want to cheer on more people. ... No matter when, where and what is going on, you will always see me smiling. Enthusiasm is my middle name!”

Her duties will include arriving a day prior to the walk to help set up the Wellness Village; serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and water to the walkers; and motivating them as they complete their journey. She will also have the opportunity to make connections with new people and hear their stories about why they are walking, Kim said.

Other members of the family are supporting Auntie Donna, as well. Madalyn’s brother Lucas Beechler, a first grade student at Belle Aire, raised nearly $400 and subsequently shaved his head in March for breast cancer awareness, and Auntie Donna got to make the first swipe on his head. Kim Quitter also is participating in the Avon Walk in support of their friend.

Anyone interested in donating to support Madalyn’s fundraising commitment to the Avon Walk can visit her page at: http://tinyurl.com/b8mq5bc

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