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Courage Thru Cancer

Championing the Human Spirit

Story by Bill Bannister | Photos by Don Perry

Courage Thru Cancer is a Mid-South organization which tries to ensure that patients who are diagnosed with cancer do not face their crises alone. The organization champions the human spirit, and recognizes the bravery and tenacity of all who have been touched by this disease. 

More than 500 supporters gathered for a sold-out event at Minglewood Hall to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They were also there to honor those whose personal stories have given inspiration to so many. 

It was a festive evening for all who attended, with libations flowing from two fully stocked bars, and a fabulous silent auction with treasures up for bids that included four Season Lawn passes to the 2018 Live at The Garden Concert Series at Memphis Botanic Garden, six suite tickets to watch The Memphis Grizzlies play, two suite tickets to see the Nashville Predators, floor seats to watch Memphis take on LSU, and floor seats to see both Janet Jackson and The Foo Fighters, plus many more amazing items. 

The evening’s music was kicked off by Gerry Finney and Friends, and then headliner Walrus took the stage. There was also a reunion performance by the band that inspired Walrus, The Refugees. Guests enjoyed a mouth-watering feast prepared by Memphis Master Chef Tony Walsh of Yum Yum Road Catering, starting with a fresh and delicious mixed green salad, followed by braised pork on polenta, and vodka chicken pasta, along with mascarpone creamed corn, potato casserole, and green beans with sweet peppers. Dessert featured delectable dipped strawberries with candied bacon. 

This year’s honorees included Brown Dudley, Kate Horton, Sally Mathis, Robyn Raby, Sam Sudduth, Rod Suess, Jon Thompson and Lauren Weiner.  Jon and Courtney Neal chaired the 2017 Courage Thru Cancer event. Co-chairmen were Gerry Finney, Lucy Blackmon, Jeff Fioranelli and Emily Bailey. This year’s event was a record-breaking success, thanks in part to the hard work of Ambassadors Kristi Pelt, Tim McCormack, Steve Gilmore and Carrie Sanders. Special celebrity emcee for the evening was Danni Bruns from 98.1 The Max.

2017 Courage Thru Cancer sponsors included Bud Davis Cadillac, Bank of Bartlett, Buckley’s Grill and Lunchbox, Cumulus Media, Churchill Studios, French Riviera Fitness, Germantown Commissary, AAA Pumping, Lakeside Behavioral Health System, FTB Advisors, Buc Pride, Ramblin’ Rose Photography, Gill Properties, Event Rentals by Hicks, Stellar Cellar, Green Square Capital, Newton’s Trophy Corner, Ultimate Foods, Independent Bank, Skipworth Photography, Nolan Incorporated, Holliday Flowers and Poplar Pike Wine and Liquors.  


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