By Kyla Henkemeyer
If you know anything about Chloe Fruth, you know that she was an amazing person. She was incredibly smart and gifted with horses. She won a world title in barrel racing while holding up stellar grades, but instead of letting that go to her head, she dedicated herself to helping others. Chloe has impacted and continues to impact countless people through her charity. I can’t even imagine the horrors of childhood cancer and everything that those children and their families have to go through. Chloe understood it because she had to live it, which is why she knew how much of a difference her charity would make in other people’s lives.
Chloe and her charity have impacted my life in an invaluable way that I could never have predicted. I’m Chloe’s cousin, and I’m 16 years old, the same age as she was when she passed away. I have looked up to her since I was young. She was and still is an inspiration to me. Now that I’m 16 I realize how much she had accomplished in her short life and how truly incredible she was to be able to accomplish all of it in 16 years. She did more meaningful work in her life than many adults do in their whole lifetimes, and certainly more than I have.
I don’t have my life all figured out, but I owe much of what I do have figured out to Chloe; she was the reason I started working with horses, which turned into a passion and has definitely helped me keep my sanity. When I had to endure tough times, I tried to do so with the same courage and strength that Chloe had. Volunteering for Chloe’s Courage Fund gives me a sense of purpose and the peace of mind that I am making a real difference in people’s lives by doing her work. I am truly honored to serve on the Chloe’s Courage Fund board of directors because I know that I am doing my part in honoring Chloe by following in her footsteps and helping the people to whom Chloe dedicated herself and her charity.