Guardian Angels for Geneseo Students

Beth Welbers
Geneseo Republic
Alex Walker has established the Guardian Angels Fund to raise funds for Geneseo School District students who may need some financial help in order to be part of classroom activities. The fund is a result of Walker’s friendship with the late Trevor Schefsky, who died in 2017 at the age of 16. He is holding a photo taken when the friends were three years old.

Alex Walker is pursuing a dream that he and his friend, the late Trevor Schefsky, had planned.

The Guardian Angels Fund was established in November of last year to live out a dream of the two friends.

Supported only by donations, the fund will provide contributions to school children in Geneseo School District 228, who are financially unable to participate in classroom celebrations and activities such as their birthday, Valentine’s Day, Book Fairs, and any other special occasions during the school year.

Donations may left, or mailed to Central Bank, 101 North State St., Geneseo, IL 61254, specifically marked for the Guardian Angels Fund. Checks should be made payable to the Guardian Angels Fund. Money in the fund will be donated to the Geneseo School District to be administered to individual schools as needed.

Walker, son of Heather DeBrock and Shaun Walker, and a 2019 graduate of Geneseo High School, shared, “The Guardian Angels Fund was established to live out a dream of mine and Trevor’s to help others. We grew up together and were best friends.”

They were in Confirmation classes together at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo and attended numerous youth gatherings.

One of those gatherings was in Detroit, Mich., when they were eighth graders.

“Our service was cleaning up the streets to make it safe for the children to play,” Walker said. “We cleaned up broken glass off the roads and I remember parents thanking us because we made it a safer area for their children to play.”

“It was really touching to us of how we made a difference,” Walker said. “Trevor and I had plans to attend college together to obtain degrees in Law Enforcement. Helping others was what we wanted to do.”

Those plans were not to be for Trevor as he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, DADA 2, and was admitted to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in March of 2017.

During his hospital stay, he went through three different rounds of chemotherapy prior to having three bone marrow transplants. The first two did not take and the third one did take. Complications set in when Trevor was to have his PICC line removed to come home. He passed away on Nov. 29, 2017.

Even though he is gone, memories of Schefsky live on in the heart of his friend, Alex…”Trevor and I made promises to each other and being of service to others is one of them. I want to honor and live out this promise. He may not be here physically, but I know he is guiding me with the Guardian Angels Fund, because we always said we had each other’s back forever. He is my guardian angel.”

Walker cited scripture that Schefsky chose for his Confirmation passage from Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Dot not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Trevor’s parents, Tony and Lori Schefsky also continue to keep their son’s memory alive by hosting a blood drive each year on their son’s birthday, May 16.

Alex Walker has been a donor each year at the blood drive even though he has a real fear of needles…” I’d go to the ends of the earth for my bro,” he said.