Note from Dad – Jay Ebert

ORIGINS

The Chelsey Rae Ebert Scholarship was created by Chelsey and her father Jay Ebert, for the advancement of education for Ferndale High School students.  This Scholarship awards two FHS senior girls each year, one from basketball and one from volleyball to be used at any University or school the students select.  Since we started this in 2008 we have added all Whatcom County High Schools and through 2013 we have presented 68 scholarships to senior girls who are continuing education. In 2013 we added volleyball scholarships for all girls in Whatcom County.

 Chelsey Ebert was someone who typifies the spirit of the scholarship.  Chelsey attended Ferndale High School from 2006 – 2007 and participated in varsity volleyball and basketball.  She was an excellent student and athlete and as a freshman, Chelsey lettered in basketball, which was a huge highlight and accomplishment for her.

 Chelsey was a first class individual that represented herself admirably, loved her family very much and always left a lasting impression with her smile and laugh that was with her to the end. She lived life to the fullest and truly cared about people, going out of her way to help those in need.

Chelsey was 15 when she was diagnosed in March 2007 with a rare type of osteosarcoma (pronounced: os-tee-oh-sar-koh-muh) cancer in her left hip area. She loved to play all sports from pre-school all the way to high school and was always on AAU or a select team and worked hard to show she deserved to be a member of each of those teams, she never took this for granted. Chelsey was always looking forward to the upcoming season no matter what sport. In December 2007, she lost her 9-month battle with cancer.

Her memory will live on and continue to build each year; her 68 scholarships we have presented through 2012 is a true testament to this. In addition with all of her donations each year we have been fortunate enough to support so many other great causes that we as a family support and try to add more each year:

  • 2 New Top of the Line Scoreboards for Ferndale High School ( Chelsey’s last wish)
  • 50 New Concussion tested Football Helmets for Ferndale Varsity, this allowed JV and C team to get new helmets which 120 kids are better protected from concussions.
  • Help support families who are going though what chelsey endured for 7 months, to help off set costs associated with treatment, Bills, Food and worst case help pay for Funerals all so families do not need to stress at the worst time in their lives.

What we would like to in 2014 and beyond:

  • Continue Scholarships for both Basketball and Volleyball for all of Whatcom County
  • Continue to support all we have listed above
  • To sponsor 6 people to go on a mission from Cornwall Church who have never had the opportunity due to cost constraints.
  • 6 New Glass backboards for Vista Middle School
  • Nick of time by Firefighters (Youth heart screening)
  • Church Toy drive at Christmas to help as many children receive gifts for Christmas morning.

Chelsey was a first class individual who represented herself admirably, loved her family very much and always left a lasting impression with her smile and laugh that was with her to the end. She lived life to the fullest and truly cared about people and went out of her way to help those in need.

I believe in my heart she was an angel sent from God himself, she never cried during her journey or even complained for what she was enduring. Not once did she feel special or an inspiration to others, she did not comprehend the magnitude of her work.

So many people go along day to day without making a dent or impact and some go their entire life without being noticed. Chelsey was noticed, she had a huge impact and all of her work will be remembered forever.

She flew up to heaven on the wings of an angel, 
By the clouds and stars and passes where no one sees, 
She now walks with Jesus and her loved ones, 
I know she is smiling, playing sports, laughing and most of all saying “DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME! I’m alright…”