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Frances Chang, 22, died Nov 10 in San Luis Obispo where she was a senior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Born April 20, 1986, she attended preschool at First Christian Church and elementary school at Alderwood Basics Plus.
At a young age, Frances began to show artistic and athletic talents. She won several awards for her paintings and was on Irvine all-star and travel teams for softball and soccer. At Lakeside Middle School she was the secretary of the ASB.
At Woodbridge High, she played on the varsity volleyball while consistently making it on the Principal's Honor Roll.
Frances was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority at Cal Poly and held the position of VP Panhellenic the previous year.
Frances loved cooking, whether it was baking desserts or making meals from scratch, for family and friends. She also loved fashion and often designed many of the dresses she wore. She enjoyed spending time outdoors at the beach, surfing or playing beach volleyball, hiking, and playing tennis.
She had a special love for animals and adopted a three-legged chocolate lab, Macey, this past April from Woods Humane Society. Frances also fully devoted herself to various volunteer activities, including bringing lunches to the elderly, helping people with special needs pick strawberries at local farms and volunteering for the Special Olympics.
One of her proudest accomplishments was completing a 10k run at an elevation of 1,500 feet on Madonna Mtn. last March, with the proceeds benefitting San Luis Obispo County's Special Olympics.
Frances is survived by her parents, Kerry and Benjamin, sister, Kristie, grandmother, Shirley and pet, Macey.
Frances was someone who lived her life in a self-less, inspiring manner and dedicated much of her time to different community service organizations in the San Luis Obispo area and Orange County area.
This foundation raises and donates money to the following non-profits:
- Orange County Special Olympics
- San Luis Obispo Special Olympics
- Woods Humane Society
- Irvine Animal Care Center
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
This year marks the Second Annual Forward for Frances Memorial Walk. It will be held May 16, 2010 in Meadow Park in San Luis Obispo. This year's walk will include a walk around surrounding neighborhoods, BBQ, live music and booths at which you can sign up to volunteer at and also learn more about suicide prevention. TO REGISTER please go to: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1839301 and show your support!
PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION HAS BEEN MOVED TO MEADOW PARK, SLO ON SOUTH ST. & MEADOW ST.
We would love to include you in our effort to remember Frances and promote all types of community service involvement. Please support us by donating to this cause today.
The Frances Chang Seeds of Love Foundation
41 Tall Oak* Irvine, California 92603* 949-857-2952