I am a big believer that everyone out there should have a cause that they support. Whether it’s to support a local women’s shelter, or volunteer at an animal shelter, or donate to a local scholarship, everyone can do something to make the world a better place.
I have over the years, supported causes here and there. Donated here and there. But, never have I been more devoted to fundraise than for Emily’s Power for a Cure. And unfortunately, like most causes, I came to be a part of Emily’s Power for a Cure through tragedy.
It was a rainy, cold day on March 19, 2008. I was sitting at my desk at work when I received a message from a friend of mine. He told me to call him as soon as I could. I did. And he told me some news to this day is hard to fathom. My friend, Carrie Daugherty, had been murdered. Carrie was one of the few friends I had in Knoxville at the time. I had just moved to Knoxville in January 2006. I was lucky to land a job at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria in the Old City, while I completed my Masters Degree at the University of Tennessee. I had the pleasure of meeting, and becoming friends with Carrie. The amount of emotions that I felt that day will never, never compare to what her family has gone through…and what they continue to go through. Over these past 6 years, I have come to know Carrie’s family. I can say with certainty that they are a remarkable group of people.
What is even more remarkable, is that this family had gone through another death just two years before this. Carrie’s neice, Emily Ransom, lost her life on February 20, 2006, to Neuroblastoma at the age of 2. Neuroblastoma is a cancer that create tumors in the nerve tissue in infants and children. It has only a 30 percent survival rate.
At the time of her death, in honor of her lost niece, Carrie was preparing to run the 2008 Nashville Rock N’ Roll Marathon. She was a member of the Pink It To The Limit team and was raising money for a foundation named in memory of Emily: Emily’s Power For The Cure. Emily’s Power For The Cure is an organization that raises funds and awareness to fight Neuroblastoma.
Since 2012, I have fundraised as a member of the Pink It to the Limit Team, which raises money for Emily’s Power for a Cure. Myself, and 6 other amazing people, have raised nearly $31,000 in the past two years (and have ran/walked/crawled our way across the finish line in Nashville). Last year alone, we raised just over $20,000. Much of that money was raised through private donations and three key events: CrossFit Lift-A-Thon, Barley’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K, and Annual Emily’s Power for a Cure Benefit at Barley’s.
This year, we are polishing these events to make them bigger and better than ever:
March 1, 2014: CrossFit Pistol Creek will host a Hero Work Out of the Day
March 16, 2014: Second Annual Barley’s St. Patrick Day 5k
April 12, 2014: Annual Emily’s Power for a Cure Benefit
I hope you will join us for these events. If you would like to be kept informed about all of our events and ways to donate, please join our Facebook Event! In the meantime, check out these photos from Erin Morrison Photography of the 2013 Barley’s St. Patrick’s Day 5k!
If you are interested in other good causes in the Knoxville area, please check out the Channon Christian Memorial Foundation. Like Emily’s Power for a Cure, this cause spawned from a tragedy.
Channon Christian and her boyfriend Christopher Newsome were murdered in January of 2007. In the wake of her death, Gary’s (Channon’s father) company renamed their annual golf tournament from the Rick McGill’s Airport Toyota Golf Tournament to the Channon Gail Christian Golf Memorial Tournament. The Channon Gail Christian Memorial Foundation was also founded, and through the years the foundation has provided a scholarship to a Farragut High School girl headed to the University of Tennessee. Last year, at the 6th Annual Channon Gail Christian Memorial Golf Tournament, and the foundation awarded two $5,000 scholarships to a very deserving pair of young women: Emma Stedham and Heather Souders. The golf tournament is held the first Sunday in June.
Erin Morrison Photography had a wonderful time photographing this even in 2013. I am sure that the 2014 Channon Christian Memorial Golf Tournament will be an even bigger success!
For more information on either of these wonderful causes, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org