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Scott Allen

Died: Monday, September 15, 2003
City of Grosse Pointe resident Scott Allen, 14, died on Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at his home, surrounded by family and friends, after putting up a brave and heroic fight against leukemia since August of 2002.

Scott was born in South Korea and was adopted by his parents, Peter and Julia Allen in November of 1989.

He attended Richard Elementary School and Brownell Middle School. Due to his illness, Scott missed most of his last year at Brownell, but, through home-schooling, he graduated with his class. Although it was only for three days this month, Scott did manage to achieve his dream of attending Grosse Pointe South High School with his friends.

An avid Scout, Scott started in the first grade as a Cub Scout in Pack No. 74 before proceeding up to become a Boy Scout as a member of Troup No. 96. As a Boy Scout, he achieved Star status and was very close to becoming a Life Scout.

Scott was also awarded a Boy Scouts of America Medal of Honor for Meritorious Action for Life Saving. At the Scout Lakeshore Camporee campout in 2000, a fellow Scout with a peanut allergy went into shock after eating something that triggered the allergy. Because Scott also had allergies, he always carried with him an Epi-pen of Benadryl. Scott gave it to the medics who administered it to the stricken Scout, while en route to the hospital. The doctors reported that if Scott had not made the donation, the other Scout probably would not have survived.

Scott was also nominated and elected to the Boy Scouts of America National Honor Society Order of the Arrow, Migisi Opawgan Lodge No. 162.

Just two weeks before his death, Scott stated his interests in a class assignment.

"I enjoy the outdoors, building Legos, sailing, spending time with my friends and being at school," he wrote. "I also like to organize stuff. My favorite foods are steak, barbecued ribs and onion rings. My least favorite foods are spinach, liver and brussels sprouts.

"I also like to go sailing with my dad. We don't race, but we do have fun. I enjoy the outdoors because there is always something going on and you are able to think in peace. I like to go swimming, garden and camp. I haven't been able to go swimming this year, but I plan to next year. I have a beautiful vegetable garden with tomatoes, lettuce, green peppers and hot peppers. Next summer, it will be better than this year."

Scott is survived by his parents, Peter and Julia; his brother, Brian; his grandmother, Kathryn Moore; his great-uncle and aunt Lee and Marieke Allen; and many other loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Sept. 19, at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were made by Chas. Verheyden Inc. in Grosse Pointe Park.

Scott requested that memorial contributions be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1421 E. 12 Mile, Bldg. A, Madison Heights, MI 48071. He also asked that blood donations be made to the American Red Cross. His final request was to encourage all who are able to enlist as potential bone marrow or organ donors.
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