Jennifer's Heroes: Daniel Chester

By: Jennifer Black Email
By: Jennifer Black Email

March 18, 2010

From a bone marrow transplant, to chemotherapy and radiation, to more blood transfusions than you can imagine, Becky Silver believed she'd won the battle with cancer. However, he Leukemia is back.

Silver, a hero whose story Jennifer brought you back in December, wants us to tell you Daniel Chester's story instead. In the story of one hero nominating another, Chester is a young man on the move who has slowed down his life long enough to help save lives.

"What was hard was moving so much. I think I lived in five different places that year. That was hard on my family and myself," said Chester, a senior at St. Anne's-Belfield in Charlottesville.

Despite all those move after his family was uprooted by Hurricane Katrina, Chester says it was easy settling into the STAB community.

"I could just jump in and start playing my sport right away and made friends immediately," said Chester.

For STAB's football kicker, tennis player, saxophone player, and all around campus leader, it did not take Daniel Chester long to make friends.

Included among Chester's friends is Tim Silver, whose mother continues to battle Leukemia.

"He seems very composed, just prepared, and I just can't understand how he is like that knowing that his mother is in a critical condition right now," said Chester.

Daniel Chester and his mother keep up with Becky Silver's status on her blog. In early January, Becky was in remission, but just two months later, her Leukemia is back.

"She was the type of person that was always involved in everything doing all sorts of community service and stuff. So, when she wasn't able to do that It just put pressure on everyone around her to pick up the slack," said Chester.

Chester is picking up the slack by holding a blood drive in Becky Silver's honor. The event will be Friday, March 19 at STAB from 8am to 3pm. For more information, email Daniel Chester at stabblooddrive@gmail.com.

"Even though I'm really busy, there's still a real need for blood in the area. Unless we had a drive I would have felt like St. Anne's is a community that isn't doing enough," said Chester.

This week's hero, someone who survived a devastating hurricane, knows first-hand the important of uniting a community for a common goal.

As for Chester's future plans, he will be on the move once again. Daniel hopes to study abroad this summer in Argentina, then he'll enroll at New York's Columbia University in the fall.


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