Eight-year-old Teaches How to Live and Love
Life for Amway Independent Business Owner (IBO) Derek Faiello and his family has not been the same since Derek’s eight-year old nephew, Chase, lost his battle against leukemia in 2003. “We learned how important the three F’s are: faith, family, and friends … and that the petty things in life that get us down on a daily basis really mean nothing in the big picture of life,” shares Derek. Ten years after his nephew’s passing, Derek, his family, and friends continue to keep Chase’s spirit alive.
More than $60,000 has been awarded to graduating seniors at Sandy Valley High School in Ohio through the Chase Faiello Memorial Scholarship Fund over the past eight years. “We usually give away two or three [scholarships] per year, but last year we gave away six; it was a big year for us because it would’ve been Chase’s graduating year,” says Derek.
“Our fellow IBOs have become an integral part of the Annual Chase Faiello Memorial. In fact, last year the six largest donors to the scholarship fund were fellow friends and IBOs,” explains Derek. “Gestures like this really show how generous and supportive people are.”
The Annual Chase Faiello Memorial Golf Outing is a significant contributor to the Fund as well with last year’s event bringing in $16,000. “We had 39 foursomes attend the first year, and now we’ve grown to 80,” notes Derek. The golf outing has been the largest one-day charity golf outing in the state of Ohio for the past several years. “The day is a testament to the beauty of Chase and all he stood for,” shares Derek.
Chase, with his strength, faith, and zest for life, touched the hearts of many, including Duke University basketball coach, Mike Kryzewski, or “Coach K.” After Chase was diagnosed with cancer, Derek and his family arranged for him to attend Duke football, baseball, and basketball games. After enjoying the basketball game from a prized seat right behind the bench, Chase met with Coach K, who talked with him for two hours. Says Derek, “He (Chase) told his dad that it was the greatest day of his life.
“Coach K’s philosophy is, ‘Don’t worry about losing; think about winning.’ When I think about Chase, that’s what I think of.