Anderson University freshman Sarah Boesing, recently received the Bell Award from WLKY (Channel 32, CBS), for her work with Break the Grey, a ministry that encourages families facing childhood cancer and other life-altering illnesses. Break the Grey was developed in 2005 by Boesing, a nursing major and a native of New Albany, Indiana, when she was 15.
The Bell Awards are given by the “Spirit of Louisville Foundation” through WLKY to those who give back to the community through volunteering and service. Boesing’s positive impact to the area caught the attention of the foundation that then presented her with the award at their annual ceremony.
“I don’t think I deserved to win the Bell Award,” said Boesing. “It’s pretty prestigious and in my mind what I do isn’t worth something that great. Break the Grey is a passion for me and I don’t do it to just get awards.”
During her time with Break the Grey, Boesing’s activities have included raising money for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, mailing “care packages” to emotionally distraught families, throwing “no-more-chemo” celebrations, and fundraising for bone marrow transplants just to name a few.
Boesing was born with a terminal kidney disease and spent significant time at a children's hospital in her hometown at an early age. These experiences gave her a chance to meet and interact with many children and families facing childhood cancer. After a kidney transplant in August 2001, she felt God calling her back to the hospital where she grew up.
“The award is designed to honor local citizens that personify the ‘Spirit of Louisville,’” stated Debbie Roberson, Bell Awards Program Director. “Sarah let her compassion inspire her to take negative and turn it into positive by transforming her adversity into strength. We are so pleased to see Break the Grey growing into other communities.”
Break the Grey strives to share love and hope by serving, supporting, and encouraging families who are patients of the childhood cancer units at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky and Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. The name is derived from the winter months during which parties for these families are regularly conducted. During its history, Break the Grey has ministered to over 100 families in four different states.
—Erin Helvering is a student worker on campus in the University Communications office. She is a freshman communications major from Anderson, Ind.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,750 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.