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Tim Orth Jamboree set for Saturday

Each year, the Tim Orth Foundation hosts an annual basketball jamboree at the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School gymnasium.
The event brings together some of the best high school basketball players in the area for two games, one featuring girls and one featuring boys.
And that’s not all that happens — there is a wing-eating contest, live entertainment from area dance groups, musical groups, gymnasts, zumba, slam dunk and shootout contests, a cash drawing, face painting, balloon sculptures, a silent auction, raffles and more. There is plenty of entertainment to go around.
But perhaps the most compelling moment of the evening is when the beneficiaries of the fundraiser come out on the gym floor to be introduced, along with their families. This year, there are 16 beneficiaries, all of whom are children or teens battling medical conditions.
This year, the Chronicle is featuring four of those 16 children, the four that reside within the boundaries of the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District.
There is no doubt that each of the 16 beneficiaries have a unique, heart-rending and inspirational story to tell. We couldn’t get to all 16, but the four we are featuring all share a common trait that is probably shared among all 16 children.
And that trait is just this — despite their difficulties, these children are, at heart, ordinary children. Like most children, they have learned to adapt to their circumstances, facing them with courage and, in many cases, humor.
And their parents are ordinary parents. Despite the difficulties their children face, these parents have pride in their children’s accomplishments and are their greatest cheerleaders, celebrating milestones such as a first step, whether it is at age 1 year or age 4. They have hopes, dreams and aspirations for their children, even as they face what sometimes seem impossible odds. They take joy in their children, even though their days can be filled with appointments and a constant need to help their children with meeting the simple day-to-day needs of life.
We hope that Saturday will truly find the gym jammed to the rafters. These children need to be both celebrated and encouraged, and nobody does that better than the community in which they reside.