Live every day like it’s your last

Friday, October 06, 2017 10:38AM

“Today is really the only day that matters, so don’t forget that.”

So said Michele Chadbourne, back in 2016, when she spoke at the annual Hoops For Hope basketball game between Conant and ConVal. Chadbourne was one of the founding members of the Hoops For Hope committee, which has used high school basketball to raise tens of thousands of dollars for local families struggling with cancer. But that day, the tables were turned, and Chadbourne faced the crowd as a person with cancer – Stage IV.

Chadbourne, a Conant High School teacher, wife to Franklin Pierce men’s basketball coach David Chadbourne and mother of three Conant graduates, was a fixture in the community. She was omnipresent in the stands of the Pratt Auditorium, cheering on Madison, Katie and Grace as they played for championships nearly every March for the past six years or so. Or, you might have caught her at the Raven’s Nest, watching as David got his birds fired up for a win.

Her bravery was unrivaled as she faced her battle with cancer. She’d break the news to family and friends and eventually agreed to an interview with the Ledger-Transcript ahead of a fundraiser put together by Grace and her Conant teammates. It was a tough choice for a woman faced with a unending series of them, and an article of any length couldn’t express how important we found that decision to be. We exist to tell the stories of our community, from the heartwarming to the heartbreaking. Hopefully, Chadbourne’s willingness to bare her soul and tell her story helped someone out there facing a similar situation to know they’re not alone.

After learning of Chadbourne’s diagnosis, the 2015-16 Orioles adopted the motto “Play for Today,” a de facto dedication to their beloved team mom and her lively spirit. Chadbourne herself would echo that attitude in her Hoops for Hope halftime speech, a reminder that no matter what you’re faced with, you can keep on living in the moment and appreciating life to the fullest, no matter how cruelly it may be cut short. 

We’ve lost an important member of our community and she will be missed. To donate in her honor, consider the following charities dear to her heart:

Hoops for Hope: PO Box 314, Peterborough, NH 03458

YouCaring: (a family fund account) https://www.youcaring.com/Micheles_Mission_Ive_Got_This

Michele Monique Chadbourne Scholarship Fund for Conant  High School Graduate(s) – contact TD Bank