Shawnee recognizes couple who have brought more than 100 local children together in Kids for Peace

Shawnee Mayor Michelle Distler recognized Michael and Jill Chalfie on Monday for years of volunteer work with Lucy’s Kids for Peace.

The Shawnee couple was deeply affected by their little neighbor, Lucy Weber, who was fighting brain cancer. Jill and Michael Chalfie were inspired by her young spirit as well as everyone in the community who pulled together to help her and her family.

When the cancer took Lucy’s life at 17 months old, Jill and Michael Chalfie decided to act on their inspiration. So, they started a local chapter of the group Kids for Peace, which organizes service project, in her honor.

“When Lucy was sick, people really went out of their way to do nice things for her family,” Jill said. “It brought out generosity and kindness in people.”