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Trevor’s Schaefer’s family thought his moods, headaches and fatigue were mostly the pains of adolescence. They didn’t know that Trevor, 13 years old at the time, was hiding other symptoms. His mother, Charlie Smith, took him to the family doc- tor, who diagnosed Trevor with the flu. Not until Trevor developed an excruciat- ing headache that would not ease, did they realize his symptoms were not normal. After an MRI, his doctor discovered a mass at the base of his brain, and sched- uled surgery for the next day. Thus began an ordeal of chemotherapy and radiation to destroy the highly malignant cancer in his brain. Trevor recovered; as he describes it, he beat the bully of childhood cancer. His trial profoundly affected him and his family. He has dedicated his life to raising awareness of childhood cancer and finding its causes. Now 23, Trevor is on the cusp of making a huge difference for children who find themselves in the situation he was at 13. First, he and his mother have founded Trevor’s Trek Foundation, a non- profit devoted to raising the awareness of childhood cancer and its causes. The “trek” in the name is from the unbalanced gait that some children develop while go- ing through chemotherapy.

It’s usually

temporary, but another painful change to be dealt with.

One of the most poignant points that Trev- or makes while talking about his experi- ence with cancer is the absence of friends and peers while battling cancer. Not only is the cancer itself devastating, but so is the social isolation. Part of Trevor’s and his mother’s vision is to reach out to other families and provide a place where fami- lies can connect and find support. They are doing this through the construction of the Childhood Cancer Survivor Pavilion in Boise’s Julia Davis Park. The pavilion, lo- cated next to the pond, will be a beautiful meeting place with a walkway of personal- ized bronze footsteps created by Irene Deely of Boise’s Women of Steel. Trevor’s Trek Foundation is currently raising funds for the pavilion, and the Eagle business community has responded generously, holding several fundraising events. Some businesses, such as Anita Corbett of Coldwell Banker, are donating money from every business transaction.

Another vital effort of Trevor’s Trek Foun- dation is the passage of legislative bill S.76, nicknamed Trevor’s Law, by the US Con- gress. While Trevor was ill, Charlie franti- cally tried to understand Trevor’s disease, and its cause. She suspected environmental toxins, and spent her free time researching possible sources of contamination in the town Trevor grew up in, McCall, Idaho.

Her efforts, and the frustrations she encountered, led to the idea of Trevor’s Law. The bill, which was introduced by Senators Barbara Boxer and Mike Crapo, has bi-partisan support, and is slated for a congressional vote in January 2013. If passed, it will be easier for small towns and communities to receive scientific help from state and federal organizations to in- vestigate unusual disease clusters in their small populations to ensure that toxins from the environment are not poisoning their children. The bill is one attempt to ad- dress a disturbing statistic in the US; 46 chil- dren are diagnosed daily with a cancer not related to their family history or genetics.

A book has just been published that tells Trevor’s amazing story. “The Boy on the Lake: He Faced Down the Biggest Bully of His Life and Inspired Trevor’s Law,” by Susan Rosser.


Twenty-five years ago, Robert Bruno re- ceived a phone call from a jockey about a young race horse with damaged tendons in her legs. She was to be sent to slaughter by her owners. Without a second thought, Robert rescued her and brought her home. She could not be ridden, her leg tendons were so twisted and swollen. So Robert decided to give her two years of pasture rest; with time, her legs completely healed. And she proved to be the best riding horse he ever had.

When he first brought her home, Robert asked the jockey why he had called him, and the jockey replied, “There was nobody else to call.” That comment sparked in Robert the realization that he was going to have to do something for horses, because there was no one else to do it. He formu- lated the idea of Idaho Horse Rescue — a


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