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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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Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro For Kids Fighting Cancer

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro For Kids Fighting 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. Throughout the 10 years that I have supported pediatric cancer awareness I have heard so many stories of disbelief, grief and anger that I have come to feel more sadness with each one. Part of the pain I feel is due to the unfathomable nature of the information, as well as the age, frailty and naivety of the kids that have to hear it. With that being said, it's the next piece of the story that always truly amazes me - the part where each child says "I am going to beat this" followed by the families that say "what can I do to help?" The resilience of children leaves me in awe and their courage, many times, leaves tears in my eyes. It is these qualities that have set me on a course that will change my life, and hopefully the lives of kids fighting childhood . On...

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How Rally Kid Keren Lets Her Light Shine

How Rally Kid Keren Lets Her Light Shine

No matter how you look at it, childhood cancer is devasting for everyone involved. From harsh treatments to emotional trauma, there’s no shortage of obstacles to overcome while battling this ruthless disease. Despite these struggles, there is one positive thing our Rally Kids and their families recommend doing: Enjoy every moment and live life to the fullest. 12-year-old Keren believes wholeheartedly in cherishing every minute with her family and staying positive despite the odds. Throughout a long battle with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous tumor that occurs in soft tissue, Keren makes the most of every day as she looks toward a happy, healthy future. That future includes big plans, as she hopes to be cancer-free and entering the eighth grade in two years. In six years, she sees herself graduating high school and getting an internship. In 15 years? She hopes to be married with a few...

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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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Rally Kid Keren Shares Her Journey with Cancer and How She Stays Positive

Rally Kid Keren Shares Her Journey with Cancer and How She Stays Positive

“It was the worst day of my life,” Rally Kid Keren said of the day she was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous tumor that occurs in soft tissue. And in the days, weeks, and months that followed, her journey with cancer wasn’t going to get any easier. It all started when Keren developed a growth on her foot. After numerous doctor visits, she finally received the news no child or family wants to hear: It was cancer. The following Monday after her diagnosis, she began the long journey of treatment, which included chemotherapy, surgeries, and ultimately, the amputation of her leg. Cancer impacted Keren’s life in countless ways. As an active young girl, she could no longer swim and play soccer. Countless days spent in the hospital meant missing out on school and friends. But she never expected cancer to impact her family in such a life-altering way. “I never thought I’d get cancer...

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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...

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...

read more
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro For Kids Fighting Cancer

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro For Kids Fighting 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. Throughout the 10 years that I have supported pediatric cancer awareness I have heard so many stories of disbelief, grief and anger that I have come to feel more sadness with each one. Part of the pain I feel is due to the unfathomable nature of the information, as well as the age, frailty and naivety of the kids that have to hear it. With that being said, it's the next...

read more
How Rally Kid Keren Lets Her Light Shine

How Rally Kid Keren Lets Her Light Shine

No matter how you look at it, childhood cancer is devasting for everyone involved. From harsh treatments to emotional trauma, there’s no shortage of obstacles to overcome while battling this ruthless disease. Despite these struggles, there is one positive thing our Rally Kids and their families recommend doing: Enjoy every moment and live life to the fullest. 12-year-old Keren believes wholeheartedly in cherishing every minute with her family and staying positive despite the odds. Throughout a...

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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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Rally Kid Keren Shares Her Journey with Cancer and How She Stays Positive

Rally Kid Keren Shares Her Journey with Cancer and How She Stays Positive

“It was the worst day of my life,” Rally Kid Keren said of the day she was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous tumor that occurs in soft tissue. And in the days, weeks, and months that followed, her journey with cancer wasn’t going to get any easier. It all started when Keren developed a growth on her foot. After numerous doctor visits, she finally received the news no child or family wants to hear: It was cancer. The following Monday after her diagnosis, she began the long journey of...

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