Story pays homage to power of love

The Sunday story “Always in their heart” is beautiful — and beautifully written. Thanks to Herald writer Mike Cane and photographer Heidi Hoffman.

There is something about that 11-year-old kid, Chase Bircher, that defines kidhood — or as kidhood should be: playful, mischievous, uninhibited, full of fun, Tom Sawyerish.

That family photo of a smiling Chase with his arm draped casually over his dad’s shoulder, head tilted to one side, snuggled together with his beautiful-looking family, baseball cap askew, projects all that anyone could want in this world. It reminds us now, of course, of life’s fragility, life’s shortness.

For his teammates to offer this tribute to Chase’s memory after six years had gone by is truly remarkable since most young people live from moment to moment, yesterday pushed back to make room for the present. This tribute pays homage to Chase, his teammates, especially Ryan Todd, the Bircher family, our community, the power of friendship and love.

Ange D’Andre

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