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People and Places logoIn 2008, Trent and Julie Smith, with their daughter, Chandlar, members of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, West Lafayette, founded the Smith Family BReaK Thru Fund in honor of their children, Braden, Riley and Keaton, who all died from Niemann-Pick Type C disease (NPC). In an effort to raise money for research to fight the disease, Matt Painter, coach of the Purdue University men’s basketball team, is competing in the Infinity Coaches’ Charity Challenge — with a chance to win $100,000 for the Smith Family BReaK Thru Fund. More votes are needed for Painter to win the challenge. Anyone can vote daily through March 11 at For more information, contact All of the money won would be used for research at Purdue University.

The Indianapolis Sidewalk Advocates will hold a “Sidewalk Advocates for Life” training program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the office of the Great Lakes Gabriel Project/First Choice for Women in the Polaris Building, 5455 W. 86th St., Suite 121, Indianapolis. No special skills are needed — just a humble desire to reach out in love to those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and a willingness to volunteer as a sidewalk advocate or prayer partner outside the Planned Parenthood facility on Georgetown Road in northwest Indianapolis after training is completed. Training program cost is $10 per person — payable at the door — and includes lunch and materials. For more information or to register, e-mail

All are invited to join the spring 40 Days for Life campaign from March 1 through April 9 outside of the Planned Parenthood facility at 8590 Georgetown Road in Indianapolis. Participants will stand and pray peacefully during the vigil in the public right-of-way outside the facility. For more information or to sign up, contact Sheryl Dye at or visit A campaign kickoff event will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at St. Luke Church, 7575 Holliday Drive East, Indianapolis. Keynote speaker will be Msgr. Joseph Schaedel. All are welcome to attend.

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