Great Strides Is April 13

Monday, February 4, 2013
Beecher Hunter, Great Strides honorary chair, carries a banner to lead the 2012 Great Strides Walk along with student volunteers and CF family team leaders. Pictured from left, Bethany Vance, Kelly Meeks of Team Destany, Hunter, Willa Smith of Team Nathan, Amy McHone of Dalton’s Gang and Taylor Rodgers.
Beecher Hunter, Great Strides honorary chair, carries a banner to lead the 2012 Great Strides Walk along with student volunteers and CF family team leaders. Pictured from left, Bethany Vance, Kelly Meeks of Team Destany, Hunter, Willa Smith of Team Nathan, Amy McHone of Dalton’s Gang and Taylor Rodgers.

The thirteenth annual “Great Strides: Walk Today. Add Tomorrows.” will be held Saturday, April 13.  Organizers of the event announced Cleveland business leader Beecher Hunter will serve for a second year as honorary chairperson for the Cleveland/Bradley Great Strides walk and 65 Roses 5K road race for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

“All of us at Lee are grateful for Beecher Hunter’s willingness to lead the Great Strides event for a second year,” said Lee President Paul Conn in making the announcement.  “He is one of the best-known leaders of our community, and for many years he has led Life Care, one of the best supporters of community causes of all types, and especially the Great Strides event and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  It means a lot to us to have a person of his stature joining us in this unique event.”

The Cleveland Great Strides is sponsored jointly by Lee University and a group of community volunteers.  Last year, over 700 runners, 25 teams of walkers, individuals companies and volunteers raised $70,590 locally to fund cystic fibrosis research.  Great Strides is the CF Foundation’s signature fundraising event raising awareness and nearly $40 million in 2012 in over 650 communities across the nation.   

“I am pleased to support the local efforts to find a cure for cystic fibrosis,” Mr. Hunter said.  “The CF Foundation has made such terrific progress over the last 10 years to improve treatments and life expectancy for people with this disease, and the Great Strides walk and run provides a wonderful opportunity for Cleveland individuals and organizations to get involved.”

Cystic fibrosis is a complex genetic disease which damages and eventually destroys the lungs of patients.  Those who contribute to Great Strides are directly supporting research and drug development for the 30,000 children and young adults in the United States have been diagnosed with the disorder.  

“We are unbelievably thankful to all of our Cleveland and Bradley County sponsors, team leaders, volunteers, donors, participants and, of course, Lee University for supporting Great Strides!” said Leigh Ellington, development director for the CF Foundation of East Tennessee. “Because of these individuals, and others who joined in Great Strides across the country, we were able to fund a new drug called Kalydeco, approved just last year.”  

Kalydeco is the first drug of its kind targeting the root cause of cystic fibrosis for a small part of the CF population.  It was named by Forbes Magazine “the most important drug of 2012” because of the life changing effects it will have for patients with cystic fibrosis as well as the assistance it can provide to other research groups looking to eradicate additional rare genetic diseases. 

Lead sponsors for the 2013 Great Strides include First Tennessee Bank, Ralph Buckner Funeral Home, Ed Jacobs & Associates, Tri-Con, Inc., Garden Plaza at Cleveland/Life Care Center of Cleveland, Easy Auto, Bank of Cleveland, Caldwell Paving & Grading, Crawford’s Pharmacy, Paul & Darlia Conn, and People for Care & Learning.  The Cleveland Daily Banner and Mix 104.1 FM are providing media sponsorship.

Serving with Mr. Hunter to lead the effort are Lee administrators Mike Hayes, vice president for Student Development, and Vanessa Hammond, CF parent and director of the school’s Office of Grants.  The 5K road race will be directed by Dr. Bill Estes, a department chair in the Helen DeVos College of Education at Lee.  The Student Leadership Council at Lee provides the volunteer support for the event.

Registration for the event will begin at 7 a.m. on April 13 in front of the Lee University Student Union.  The 5K (3.1 mile) road race is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. start, and the walk will begin at 10:00 a.m.  The route begins on the Lee campus and goes through downtown Cleveland and the historic Ocoee Street area.

According to Ms. Ellington, “Lives are changing, but it will take an army of supporters to cure cystic fibrosis.” Anyone looking to participate in Great Strides or the 65 Roses 5K can visit the local event website at www.leeuniversity.edu/greatstrides for information and online registration.  To learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and team opportunities for Great Strides, contact Ms. Ellington at lellington@cff.org.  

Beecher Hunter, Great Strides honorary chair, carries a banner to lead the 2012 Great Strides Walk along with student volunteers and CF family team leaders. Pictured (front l to r): Bethany Vance, Kelly Meeks of Team Destany, Hunter, Willa Smith of Team Nathan, Amy McHone of Dalton’s Gang, and Taylor Rodgers.



Survivorship Empowerment Class For Cancer Survivors Set For Oct. 24

CHI Memorial Rees Skillern Cancer Institute will host a Survivorship Empowerment class on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m.  The free class is open to all cancer survivors, regardless of where they received treatment, and their caregivers.   "People often wonder what they can do to get and stay healthy once cancer treatment is complete.  Lifestyle changes, like eating ... (click for more)

Alexander Chairs 2nd Hearing To Examine What Goes Into The Price Americans Pay For Prescriptions

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander chaired the second in a series of bipartisan hearings on what goes into the prices Americans pay when picking up the 4.4 billion prescriptions written every year. “There are many issues that have caused health care spending in this country to grow from consuming nine percent of the Gross Domestic Product in 1980 to nearly 18 ... (click for more)

State Comptroller Says More Control Over Spending Needed At CVB

The state Comptroller’s Office is recommending the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) board of directors take steps to adopt detailed policies concerning how the CVB spends its money.   The Comptroller’s Office has completed a review of Hamilton County’s hotel/motel taxes which are all forwarded to the CVB. The annual report is required by Public Chapter ... (click for more)

County Commission Votes 7-2 For Rezoning For C&D Landfill At Harrison

The County Commission on Wednesday voted 7-2 to approve rezoning for a Construction and Debris landfill at Harrison.  Voting in favor were Greg Beck, Warren Mackey, Sabrena Smedley, Greg Martin, Tim Boyd, Randy Fairbanks and Jim Fields.   Opposed were Chester Bankston and Joe Graham.  Commissioner Boyd said it was just the first step in permitting for ... (click for more)

Trump - And Response

Hardly a day, even a moment, goes by when some news flash appears sharing what  Trump  said or did. Not catchy and cute as we might feel when we see the baby turn over for the first time or say Da, da. Instead, this grown man and our president defies child cooing and smiling and instead frowns amid growing anger that we voted for this man, a grown up not quite potty-trained.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: New Schools On Agenda

Hamilton County School Superintendent Bryan Johnson confirmed on Wednesday that a plan for several new public schools will be included on Thursday night’s School Board agenda. Hamilton County has fallen woefully behind other metro school districts in the state and, with an estimated $340 million in deferred repairs, upgrading facilities - that now average over 40 years old - was ... (click for more)