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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Ribbons Around Town Will Honor Michelle Chalk

Live Free, Like Michelle 

"May her memory be a blessing." 

Michelle Chalk's family is hoping to honor her by spreading a message that they say personifies how she lived her life: Live Free, Like Michelle.

"While our hearts are broken, we want to celebrate our sweet Michelle," said Amy Sapsford, Chalk's aunt. "How about we show Michelle's love for life and smiles by decorating our town with bows."

Sapsford said that Chalk's family had just visited Hilton Head and while there, she picked a bracelet with the words "live free".

"We thought that suited her perfectly," she said.

This picture of Michelle's bracelet on her arm was retrieved from her phone. PHOTO: Courtesy, The Chalk family. 

Pick any color you like. Put bows on trees, at school, at your home, at church, at dance, in your hair, on your backpack.

"Put them all through our little town. Our fabulous, loving, supportive community," said Sapsford. "Get your friends together and remember Michelle Chalk while you are having fun. She would love your acts of kindness."

After you place your bow, post pictures on Facebook with the hashtag #LiveFreeLikeMichelle.

"Our family loves all of you and we feel your support and kind words. We are especially in awe of parents supporting these students during this difficult time."

Editor's Note:
The Chalk family has been overwhelmed with support and are very appreciative of the meal train donations. In lieu of more meals, they have asked those who are willing to channel that energy into a memorial fund has been established at Fifth Third Bank. Contributions can be made at any Fifth Third Bank to the Michelle Chalk Memorial Fund. 

An example of a #LiveFreeLikeMichelle bow, by Belladance.


  1. Mark,
    Every time I see a ribbon I of course think of Michelle, a bright light that I never had the honor of meeting. I say a prayer, but also just how fragile our gift of time actually is. In honor of Michelle and this gift, now every time I see a ribbon, I say something I am grateful for, from a simple smile I received from the neighbor or as complex as the results of a recent scan/medical test. Every day is so precious and we need to sometimes slow down to take the time to realize that. My heart, sympathy, and prayers go to the Chalk family, as well as thanks for raising such a truly wonderful person. Aunt Deb