WATERVILLE, Maine (WABI) In the wake of tragedy, family and friends of Cassidy Charette, began a foundation that would honor her legacy. The Shine on Cass Foundation was created as a way to shine a light on a young girl who had a strong impact on her community.
"She is the perfect role model," said Colby Charette, Cassidy's brother. It does not matter. I could be in the classroom, on the soccer field, could be at home. Absolutely anywhere just she is the perfect role model. She lived her life, you know, putting others before herself, and doing everything to the best of her ability, and did it with a smile."
Cassidy wore number 11 on the soccer field for Messalonskee High School and over the last two years, her friend Katie has organized the Kick Around the Clock For Cass event. An 11-hour, non-stop soccer game, to honor a sport Cassidy loved so much.
"Friends, family, and everyone's pretty much family now I would say," said Katie Mercier, friend and organizer. "Our community really got together the last couple years. This means everything to me. I loved playing soccer before me and Cassidy even met. She was my mid-fielder actually. She played right in front of me, so we always had the amazing connection. So, coming out here today, and raising money for her is everything I could have ever dreamed of."
Over 450 people and 30 teams came out for the 2017 event. Going to show just how important Cassidy was to her community.
"It just further exemplifies, you know, the impact she had on this community, and exactly what it is that her service to this community meant to everyone around here, and that it lives on through us," said Charette.
Folks say the event reflected who Cassidy was. Someone who enjoyed athletics and spread joy to everyone she knew.
"It's great to have sporting activities where we can have fun, and you know, that was Cassidy," said Stephanie Calkins, board member for Shine for Cass Foundation. "She smiled all the time. One of the things I remember she played soccer with my daughter, and one time she scored a goal accidentally for the other team, and she turned around and laughed and smiled, and then came back to score for her own team."
And the sweltering summer heat wasn't enough to keep people away from honoring a girl who's life was taken too soon.
"If anything a little too hot, but we never complain about heat in Maine," said Calkins. "So, it's been perfect, and we say, "Yup, Cassidy's definitely shining on today."