To create a lasting impact for the future of our community and continue to improve the quality of life in Grant County.
Connie Kay Atkinson was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 14. She was treated at St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and managed to overcome the initial cancer.
“She lost all her hair, but then it grew back and it came in curly, which she really liked,” said Marcia Atkinson, Connie’s stepmother.
Thirteen months after her diagnosis of cancer, Connie became ill. Initially, they thought it was the flu, but it was actually the return of the cancer that would take her life.
“Connie loved life, was athletic, and was fun to be with,” said Marcia. She enjoyed playing basketball and volleyball, and she loved art and animals. Connie hoped to one day become a veterinarian. “She was a very thoughtful, considerate child at a young age,” said Marcia.
The fund was originally established as a scholarship fund as Connie’s father, Michael, wanted her memory to remain. The fund assisted graduates of Mississinewa High School with their initial college expenses. “Connie would be thrilled that someone is going to school with her help,” said Marcia. “She was loyal, easy going and very friendly,” remembered David, Connie’s brother. “She had a contagious smile that drew people to her. Even while ill with cancer, she was an encouragement to many.” And now as a part of the Give to Grant Collaborative, the fund will support a number of worthy charitable causes for the betterment of Grant County.
Chelsey L. Cole
Katie L. Jones
Jarred M. Luckey
Ashley N. Parks
Shannon D. Smith
Joshua E. Smith
Michael R. Winters