BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Madi Fulchiero is on a mission.
Every summer, for the last 4 years, she and countless volunteers sort through bags and boxes that are filled with items donated from dozens of different families for one giant yard sale.
It’s a big undertaking, but their work goes beyond the bargain.
“It was my urge to honor Kiera in any way possible,” Madi explained.
Kiera Chirdon’s love for music started at a young age. It was her outlet. It gave her comfort during her toughest battles.
At just 9 years old Kiera was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer known as epithelioid sarcoma.
“Kiera loved playing the violin,” Cathy Chirdon, Kiera’s Grandmother, said. “That was her passion and that helped her get through many hard times. She would even take her violin with her to treatment.”
Kiera fought for 7 and a half years, but in 2017, at just 16 years old, her life was taken from this world too soon.
Madi met Kiera in their 7th grade gym class and they became instant friends.
“Throughout her battle with cancer she was always so positive,” Madi said.
She wanted to do something to continue spreading that positivity so she started the Courage for Kiera Foundation.
Their biggest fundraiser is a yearly yard sale. All the money they raise from the event goes towards scholarships for students in the Altoona Music Department and at Penn-Mont Academy in honor of Kiera.
“For me to be able to play a role in this and continue Kiera’s legacy, it’s the best thing in the world,” Madi said. “It makes me feel so happy and so honored to be able to do this.”
Kiera’s love for music, courageous spirit and optimism for life continues to live on and it doesn’t go unnoticed.
“I just am so thankful that Madi began this foundation,” Cathy said.
Each item at their yearly yard sale holds a value, but that value is more than what is on the price tag.
Each item goes towards a mission, a purpose and a chance to keep Kiera’s memory alive and that just might be the best deal in the entire yard sale.
The yard sale will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 11th and Saturday, June 12th at 491 Municipal Dr. in Duncansville.