In an effort to be fair and give equal time, this week features Riverside resident Chris Korabik, who is working on his Eagle Scout badge. The St. Ignatius junior has taken the path to this achievement through his years of scouting beginning as a Cub Scout in 1st grade.

The St. Ignatius junior ‘s choice for his required service project was a difficult one, as he hoped to do something a little different. He wanted “to help as many people as I could.”

With that as his mission, Korabik chose to organize a blood drive and a health fair. He started the project in May, securing St. Mary Parish’s Oak Room and Parish Center as the venue.

The blood drive, set for later this month, will be conducted by a staff from Life Source and the health fair will include nutritionists, paramedics, dentists and others, who will be dispensing information. You will have a chance to ask questions and get information from the medical professionals who will be on hand.

Korabik, a member of Boy Scout Troop 92 at St. Mary’s, will upon completion of his project, present it to a review board who will then decide whether to award the Eagle Scout rank.

According to Korabik, scouting has been a big influence in his life, giving him a sense of independence as well as good values. He credits scouting with giving him discipline as a runner at St. Ignatius and helping him with his job as a lifeguard.

Earning the required 21 merit badges taught him many things, but mostly he says it has taught him how to be a friend to others.

As he becomes an Eagle Scout, Korabik will join a long list of people of people who, since the medal was established in 1911, have achieved scouting’s highest rank, one which includes President Gerald Ford, movie director Steven Spielberg, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and astronaut Neil Armstrong.

The blood drive and health is planned for Saturday, Sept. 29 at St. Mary’s, 126 Herrick Road in Riverside. The blood drive will be conducted in the Parish Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., while the health fair will be in the Oak Room of the parish from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To learn more about the Blood Drive and the Health Fair you may contact Chris Korabik at 708-447-5805.

And add his name to the growing list of young people in our area who are making a difference.