What draws me to help fight breast cancer is that my sister, Lisa, passed away from breast cancer in 2004.I can still vividly remember the day she called me and told me the doctors found a small lump in her breast. She was so positive and upbeat that I had no doubt she would beat this.At that time, I knew so little about cancer, but soon I learned the hard way how cruel and crippling this disease can be.
Lisa is still an inspiration to me.Lisa was a teacher with the Murfreesboro City Schools and absolutely loved working with children and enjoyed seeing them grow into young adults. Often people will come up to me still today and tell me what an impact she had on their lives.That is one of the many ways that Lisa lives on today.
Because of Lisa, my mom and dad have always been very passionate about the Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation’s Power of Pink and helping women get access to care primarily.They are great role models in teaching us that part of our wholeness in life comes from giving to others.
When I moved back here---to my hometown---in 2014, I was looking for something to get involved in, an opportunity to volunteer. When my father had a brief stay at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, I happened into Anne Davis’ office at the hospital and asked her about volunteering with the Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation.
She said, “It just so happens we need someone to head up our logistics committee for Wine Around the Square” so here I am!Thankfully I had (and continue to have) plenty of support from Mary Lovelace and Bev McPherson, last year’s logistics chairs and countless other friends and community volunteers, and I’m still here for another year!
And, it’s so great to see the community come together in the heart of Murfreesboro.The courthouse is flooded with pink lights, the streets are crowded with people walking, talking, dancing, smiling and just having a good time.When I was a child growing up in Scottland Acres, we had block parties every summer.The whole neighborhood would show up and we had the best time strengthening friendships and welcoming new friends to our ‘hood.Wine Around the Square is the same fellowship.I hope more and more people will buy a ticket, know that all of their funds go to help people (no admin costs paid for by ticket sales) and come downtown and see why Murfreesboro is such a great place to live.Because hey folks, we’re all in this together.