‘Katelyns wish’ is Eleni’s mission

Eleni Christopoulos, left, and Leoni Kunz, Episcopal School of Knoxville sixth grade student government representatives during the 2013-14 school year, deliver a $409 check to Dr. Ray Pais for East Tennessee Children’s oncology clinic last spring. ESK student government held a weeklong fundraiser, coordinated by Eleni, to raise awareness for childhood cancer in memory of her friend that passed away from osteosarcoma.   Though dying of osteosarcoma (bone cancer) while only a

child, Katelyn Norman taught members of the Christopoulos family a lesson about what’s really important.

Staying overnight at the Christopoulos family home in Farragut, Katelyn was witnessing Xrisanthe Christopoulos “bickering” with her oldest daughter, Xrista.

Xrisanthe recalled Katelyn saying to Xrista, “’Xrista, just do what you need to do, make your grades.’ And what she was trying to say to Xrista was there’s no sense wasting time on bickering and fighting and being upset.

“She knew her time was short, she knew that there was not a good outcome for her,” Xrisanthe added about Katelyn. “Katelyn taught us that we shouldn’t waste our time on silly things like fighting and bickering and being angry. And she brought that to our household.”

Twelve-year-old Eleni Christopoulos began her fundraising cause, Katelyn’s Wish, at Episcopal School of Knoxville last school year as an 11-year-old sixth-grader in honor of her late friend. Katelyn was only 13 when she died in April 2013.
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Microchipped dogs still a rare breed

Fireworks, cool weather, bunny rabbits or the neighbors on a walk — whatever the distraction or stress factor is for your dog, it sometimes causes them to escape from the house, especially during the summer months.

When panic starts after the pooch takes off down the street, is he or she microchipped?

Farragut area veterinarians see all lengths of the microchip-spectrum. The pet either is microchipped with information registration, not microchipped, or in the middle — microchipped and not information-registered.

“When I do see a microchipped dog that is strayed, within 30 minutes the dog is back home. Microchipping really does work and it has gotten dogs back to their homes very quickly,” Dr. Stephanie Hickey, owner of Concord Veterinary Hospital, 204 Watt Road, said.
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Assisted by Farragut Rotarians, Doucette recounts first year at VMI

Patrick Doucette, left, a 2013 Farragut High School graduate and rising sophomore cadet/football player at Virginia Military Institute, has a laugh with Dan Hipsher, immediate past president of Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club, after Doucette’s address to The Rotary Club of Farragut during its regular Wednesday lunch meeting, July 9, in Fox Den Country Club. To the club that awarded him a $1,500 scholarship last year, Patrick Doucette came back to The Rotary Club of Farragut Wednesday, July 9, to account for his first year as a cadet/athlete at Virginia Military Institute.

“VMI’s definitely a different experience from most colleges, but I’m glad I’m there,” said Doucette, a 2013 Farragut High School graduate and stellar football lineman who, as a rising VMI sophomore, is slated to start on the Keydets’ offensive line this fall.

“It’s a tough experience but it’s taught me a lot of things,” added Doucette, the club’s featured speaker during its regular lunch meeting in Fox Den Country Club.

Announcing he earned Dean’s List honors both semesters of his freshman year, “Academically, you’ve got a real tight schedule,” Doucette said. “It’s a lot of hard work,” which also includes fitting in football practices, meetings and games.
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Pet Fair

Lauren McGee and Daisy at Village Veterinary Medical Center’s Fifth Annual Four-Legged Festival and Pet Fair Village Veterinary Medical Center’s Fifth Annual Four-Legged Festival and Pet Fair was held at the center’s 11301 location in Farragut Saturday morning and afternoon, May 3. Scores of families brought their dogs to intermingle with other dogs while viewing various pet products and enjoying pet-related activities.

Animal rescue personnel, meanwhile, tried to find new homes for rescue dogs and cats that were available for fairgoers to pet.

For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.