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Volunteering For A Cure

Volunteering For A Cure

INSPIRED TO VOLUNTEER Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes. The nonprofit industry as a whole is very inspiring to me, and there are so many organizations making a difference in the lives of many people and the communities in which we serve. I believe volunteering is at the very core of being a human being. I am so thankful to have been asked by Cindi Bonner, the director of Rally Pensacola, to serve as a volunteer. The moment Cindi introduced me to Rally Kid Carolyn, who was battling bone cancer and fighting for her life, I knew I would do whatever I could to help find a cure for childhood cancer. I am continuously inspired by Carolyn and the other precious children I meet who are facing this horrible disease. It motivates me to give and serve even more. FOUR YEARS OF VOLUNTEERING I have been volunteering with Rally Pensacola since February 2017. Over the past four years, I have...

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A Letter from Elaine

A Letter from Elaine

It’s been fifteen and a half years since a malignant tumor the size of a grapefruit was removed from the left kidney of our son, James. The feelings of despair and the fear of losing our eleven-year-old constantly gnawed at our hearts. Every time I meet a parent of a child faced with cancer, I empathize deeply with them. As James’s treatment progressed, we muddled through the pains and disruption of surgeries, tests and multiple days and nights in the hospital. It dawned on us that, while this chapter in our lives was difficult, there were many families on the oncology floor going through much worse. First, James had the benefit of being a part of a research trial, which gave us added hope that he could beat this dreadful disease. Many parents are told the only protocol available for their child is the same old treatment that has been around for decades. (Childhood cancer research is...

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A Heartfelt Note of Thanks to Jurrell Casey of the Tennessee Titans

A Heartfelt Note of Thanks to Jurrell Casey of the Tennessee Titans

Dear Jurrell, I first had the pleasure of meeting you at our inaugural Nashville Rally On the Runway event four years ago. We were following Rally Atlanta’s template for the fashion show event in order to create something similar and special, yet we faced one significant problem. In Atlanta, the Falcons were the escorts for the Rally Kid models and, at that time, we had no personal connection to our local Tennessee Titans. Fortunately, ‘luck’ was on our side. Wesley Johnson, an NFL player who played high school football with our son, happened to be in Nashville just before spring practice with the New York Jets began. A huge answer to our prayers came when Wesley volunteered to be an escort at our inaugural Rally On the Runway and to recruit a few of his big-hearted NFL friends, too! Thus began our good fortune of getting to know you and your Titans teammates. As the parent of a child...

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B.B. Summits Mt. Kilimanjaro and Raising $130,000!

B.B. Summits Mt. Kilimanjaro and Raising $130,000!

Congratulations are in order for Rally Advisory Board Member B.B. Abbott, who recently summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in order to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. To date, B.B. has raised just over $130,000 through his efforts! After a week-long climb, B.B. was greeted with 30 MPH winds and freezing temperatures of -20 degrees. The cold, however, couldn’t stop B.B. from smiling as he placed two flags at the summit, one for each organization that he fundraised for: Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. B.B. began his journey because of the pain and suffering that kids and their families feel when they are diagnosed with cancer. “I sometimes find myself wondering what it must feel like to be a kid who gets the devastating news that he or she has cancer,” B.B. shared in this blog post. “Throughout the 10 years that I have...

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Rally Volunteer Kayla Raised $10,000 at Her Sporting Clay Fundraising Event

Rally Volunteer Kayla Raised $10,000 at Her Sporting Clay Fundraising Event

Kayla, a 15-year-old Rally volunteer, organized a sporting clay event to raise money and awareness for Rally Foundation. Through this fundraiser, Kayla brought over 50 people together and managed to raise an incredible $10,000 for childhood cancer research. In her own words, Kayla describes the significance of the event, why it’s important to talk about childhood cancer, and how she’s looking forward to doing even more for kids with cancer. A Note from Kayla My event was a sporting clay event held on September 14, 2019 at Old Hudson Plantation. A lot of you may even just be wondering what a sporting clay is. A sporting clay is an orange, circular target that you shoot at. This fundraiser was a competition competed by solo teams and teams of two to four people. You compete as a group and as individuals to see who can break (hit) the most targets. Considering that this was the first year...

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Shopping For a Cause: How Dress Up Raised Money for Rally Foundation

Shopping For a Cause: How Dress Up Raised Money for Rally Foundation

If you love keeping up with the latest trends, you probably enjoy shopping for new styles at your favorite clothing stores. But what if those shopping trips could make a difference in the lives of others? What if your purchase could help raise funds for childhood cancer research? This past September, the southeast-based boutique Dress Up did exactly that. For 24 hours, they turned a day of shopping into a day of giving back by donating 10 percent of all sales to Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. The donations included sales from all 19 stores in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama, as well as all online sales within that time frame. Rally Kids from Atlanta and Nashville attended the event. In just one day, Dress Up’s initiative raised $5,200 from customer sales. The boutique’s generous owners, Danielle and Derrick Case, chipped in as well, bringing the grand...

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Volunteering For A Cure

Volunteering For A Cure

INSPIRED TO VOLUNTEER Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes. The nonprofit industry as a whole is very inspiring to me, and there are so many organizations making a difference in the lives of many people and the communities in which we serve. I believe volunteering is at the very core of being a human being. I am so thankful to have been asked by Cindi Bonner, the director of Rally Pensacola, to serve as a volunteer. The moment Cindi introduced me to Rally Kid Carolyn, who was battling...

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A Letter from Elaine

A Letter from Elaine

It’s been fifteen and a half years since a malignant tumor the size of a grapefruit was removed from the left kidney of our son, James. The feelings of despair and the fear of losing our eleven-year-old constantly gnawed at our hearts. Every time I meet a parent of a child faced with cancer, I empathize deeply with them. As James’s treatment progressed, we muddled through the pains and disruption of surgeries, tests and multiple days and nights in the hospital. It dawned on us that, while this...

read more
A Heartfelt Note of Thanks to Jurrell Casey of the Tennessee Titans

A Heartfelt Note of Thanks to Jurrell Casey of the Tennessee Titans

Dear Jurrell, I first had the pleasure of meeting you at our inaugural Nashville Rally On the Runway event four years ago. We were following Rally Atlanta’s template for the fashion show event in order to create something similar and special, yet we faced one significant problem. In Atlanta, the Falcons were the escorts for the Rally Kid models and, at that time, we had no personal connection to our local Tennessee Titans. Fortunately, ‘luck’ was on our side. Wesley Johnson, an NFL player who...

read more
B.B. Summits Mt. Kilimanjaro and Raising $130,000!

B.B. Summits Mt. Kilimanjaro and Raising $130,000!

Congratulations are in order for Rally Advisory Board Member B.B. Abbott, who recently summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in order to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. To date, B.B. has raised just over $130,000 through his efforts! After a week-long climb, B.B. was greeted with 30 MPH winds and freezing temperatures of -20 degrees. The cold, however, couldn’t stop B.B. from smiling as he placed two flags at the summit, one for each organization that he fundraised for: Rally Foundation for...

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Rally Volunteer Kayla Raised $10,000 at Her Sporting Clay Fundraising Event

Rally Volunteer Kayla Raised $10,000 at Her Sporting Clay Fundraising Event

Kayla, a 15-year-old Rally volunteer, organized a sporting clay event to raise money and awareness for Rally Foundation. Through this fundraiser, Kayla brought over 50 people together and managed to raise an incredible $10,000 for childhood cancer research. In her own words, Kayla describes the significance of the event, why it’s important to talk about childhood cancer, and how she’s looking forward to doing even more for kids with cancer. A Note from Kayla My event was a sporting clay event...

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Shopping For a Cause: How Dress Up Raised Money for Rally Foundation

Shopping For a Cause: How Dress Up Raised Money for Rally Foundation

If you love keeping up with the latest trends, you probably enjoy shopping for new styles at your favorite clothing stores. But what if those shopping trips could make a difference in the lives of others? What if your purchase could help raise funds for childhood cancer research? This past September, the southeast-based boutique Dress Up did exactly that. For 24 hours, they turned a day of shopping into a day of giving back by donating 10 percent of all sales to Rally Foundation for Childhood...

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