22 WSBT-TV: Berrien County Family Turns Tragic Loss into Gift For the Community

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Herald-Palladium: Family announces scholarship in memory of Three Oaks teen

From the Herald-Palladium, March 1, 2017:

THREE OAKS — David Hicks of Three Oaks, who died Feb. 10 at the age of 17, will not be forgotten.

His family will give out a scholarship in May in his name through the David A. Hicks Scholarship for the Arts at the Berrien Community Foundation, states a press release

Hicks, the brother of radio personality Zack East from Mid-West Family Broadcasting, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma, when he was 13.

The scholarship was set up to help students pursue their passion for performing, visual or graphic arts. The deadline to apply for the $1,000 scholarship is March 17.

It is open to all Berrien County graduating seniors and can be used for tuition, books and fees at a U.S. college or a vocational schools.

“This scholarship just made sense to us,” East stated. “David always thought about other people first. He never thought about himself. He was excited to think of being able to give this to someone else … And for us, it is like we get to send him to college.”

The application is available at www.berriencommunity.org/scholar.

The original GoFundMe effort provided enough to cover Hicks’ final expenses and to launch the scholarship. The family hopes to raise more money through the Berrien Community Foundation to permanently endow the scholarship.

For more information on the scholarship or to donate visit the Berrien Community Foundation at www.berriencommunity.org. More information on the scholarship is also available at www.davidhicksscholarship.com.

ABC 57 WBND-TV: Teen dies from rare cancer, helps local students succeed after he’s gone

From ABC57.com, February 27, 2017:

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. –

A tragic loss for one Berrien County family has been transformed into a gift for students in that community. 17-year-old River Valley High School student, David Hicks died earlier this month after a long battle with a rare cancer. Now, his family is helping his name live on through a scholarship fund that Hicks wanted to be a part of. That fund will help students who happen to have the same passion as David did in school.

When David was just 13 years old, he was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma. At one point, his right leg needed to be amputated from the knee down because of that cancer. By the time David was 16, the cancer became worse. He chose to stop receiving treatment and decided to spend his final days with his family. But before David passed, his family received an outpouring of support from the community.

The family says a Go-Fund-Me account provided enough money to cover home care and funeral expenses and then some, so they wanted to make sure that they gave back in a way that would carry on David’s legacy.

Many different ideas were discussed among the family, but then David’s older brother Zack confided in him and asked what he wanted after he was gone.

“I sat down with him and asked if that would be what he wanted; is it acceptable to donate the rest of the funds that come in from the go-fund me campaign. I floated the idea of a scholarship so that we could continually always give money to people who are his age who are going to college and he just thought that was the coolest idea,” said Zack East, David’s older brother.

After this, I asked Zack why the scholarship is specifically geared toward students who choose to pursue a career in performance or graphic arts. He said that was David too.

“His greatest dreams was to do something in the arts and eventually get to college and we feel like this is the way that we can help make that happen. If it can’t be him it can be somebody else, and that’s just really heartwarming,” said East.

The first scholarship will be awarded to a Berrien County graduating senior for 2017. The application and all support material must be submitted or postmarked by March 17, 2017. Decisions will be announced in early May.

For more information on the scholarship or to donate visit the Berrien Community Foundation by clicking here. Further information on that scholarship is available here.

Watch: David’s Story Told to WNDU-TV Channel 16 Audience

From WNDU.com, posted 2/25/17:

A scholarship has been created in honor of a Berrien County teen who died after a battle with Cancer.

 

His family and friends have worked to help his name live on through The David A. Hicks Scholarship for the Arts on Tuesday. The scholarship will help students in Berrien County who wants to pursue a career in visual, performing or graphic arts.

 

David Hicks was 13-years-old when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. He beat the cancer, but it returned at the age of 16.

 

At the age of 17 on February 10th, David lost his battle. He loved wrestling, video games and anything related to superheroes.

Zack East, David’s brother, joined Maria Catanzarite on 16 Saturday Morning to tell us how you can apply for the scholarship.

 

Graduating seniors from Berrien County can apply. Students can apply at http://www.berriencommunity.org/scholar.

 

Watch the Video at WNDU.com

Scholarship Applications Now Accepted for 2017

A tragic loss for a Berrien County family is being turned into a gift to the community in the form of the David A. Hicks Scholarship for the Arts at the Berrien Community Foundation.

When David Hicks was just 13 years old, his life was forever changed when he was diagnosed with a rare and difficult form of cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. His right leg was amputated below the knee. He fought hard and beat the cancer and lived the life of a normal teenager at River Valley High School. David loved wrestling, video games, friends, family, and anything related to superheroes.

But, at age 16, the cancer returned full force bringing intense pain. He again fought, bravely and quietly. This time, however, the cancer was too strong and David made the decision to forego further treatment.

This month, at the age of 17, David Hicks lost his battle but family and friends have worked to help his name live on through the David A. Hicks Scholarship for the Arts through the Berrien Community Foundation. The first scholarship will be awarded to a Berrien County graduating senior this year.

“This scholarship just made sense to us,” said David’s brother, Zack East. “David always thought about other people first. He never thought about himself. He was excited to think of being able to give this to someone else…And for us, it is like we get to send him to college.”

David loved the performing arts, whether it was movies, TV, dramas, live theater, theme parks video games or any other type of visual arts. The scholarship will support students in Berrien County who wish to pursue a career in visual, performing or graphic arts. The application is available online at http://www.berriencommunity.org/scholar.

The outpouring of love and support from the community has been amazing, East said. A Go Fund Me effort provided enough to cover David’s final expenses and to start the scholarship. The hope is to raise additional funds to permanently endow the scholarship to allow the scholarship to be perpetual “and David’s name will always be remembered,” he said.

The family is stopping the Go Fund Me effort and continuing fundraising efforts through the Berrien Community Foundation. Any donations made to the fund at the Foundation are tax deductible.

For more information on the scholarship or to donate visit the Berrien Community Foundation at http://www.berriencommunity.org. More information on the scholarship is also available at http://www.davidhicksscholarship.com.