Sunday, October 15, 2000

Walk to help kin of drowned boys

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Eighth-grade best friends Chance Carr and Lincoln Schlueter were inseparable in life and united in death. Their Sept. 23 drowning deaths in a Miami Township, Clermont County culvert saddened their communities, but also left them determined to help the boys' families.

        Those helping hands continue to be raised.

  • Chance Carr-David Carr Fund, c/o Clermont Savings Bank, 4609 Eastgate Blvd., Cincinnati 45245. • Lincoln Schlueter Memorial Fund, c/o Fifth Third Bank, 843 Eastgate South Drive, Cincinnati 45245.
  What: Fund-raiser 2-mile walk to benefit the families of Lincoln Schlueter and Chance Carr
8 a.m. Oct. 21
Veterans Park, Union Township
Call Laura Woessner at 528-7686 or Andrea Gordon at 528-2481.
        On Oct. 21, a 2-mile fund-raising walk will be held at Veterans Park in Union Township, with all proceeds going to the boys' families. It's being called, “A Time to Walk.”

        The memorial walk is sponsored by Laura Woessner (whose son, Kyle, is a student in the fourth-grade class taught by Chance's mother at Summerside Elementary School) and An drea Gordon.

        Ms. Woessner also is president of Summerside's Parent-Teacher Organization.

        “I'm amazed every time I go into a store to put up a flier, everyone has heard of these boys,” said Ms. Woessner. “The community has really pulled together for these families.”

        Everywhere she goes, she said, the community has been receptive to helping with the fund raiser, from Union Township officials such as Administrator Ken Geis, to the police department, to businesses that donated items.

        Alpine Valley, for one, donated all the water for the event, and the printing of the fliers was courtesy of two local firms.

        The boys were rollerblading at Park 50 TechneCenter when they became trapped in a 14-inch storm drain carrying an overflow of rain.

        The boys, who played trumpet in the Glen Este Middle School band and were seated next to each other in the band's yearbook photo, were clinging to each other when their bodies were found at 3:30 a.m. Sept. 24 after a search that began the previous night.

        Ms. Woessner, having seen a report of the missing boys on the TV news, helped in the search and was there when their bodies were discovered.

        “In order to be able to heal,” she said, “you need to be able to help.”

        Walkers can pick up sponsor sheets at any West Clermont school, or by calling Ms. Woessner or Ms. Gordon.


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