Editorial: Spirit of teens inspires families to reach out

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Two local families have channeled their grief over a lost child into continuing charitable efforts that yield significant results.

Tyler Genneken died of leukemia at age 14 in 2009. Megan Williams was killed in a car accident in 2005 while shopping for toys for needy children. In both cases, family members have turned that sadness into community-enriching projects that have grown every year.

Tyler played football for Center Grove Middle School Central. After he died, his family organized a football tournament in the teen’s honor. The annual tournament, which brings in teams from around the Midwest, raises money and awareness for cancer research that can save children’s lives.

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