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Anna Banana's Fundraiser:

"Whitley Up" - Warriors For Whitley

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BENEFITING: Children's Hospital

EVENT: 2013 Jazz Half Marathon and 5K

EVENT DATE: Oct 12, 2013

Anna Banana

THE STORY:

With her enormous strength, positive attitude, uplifting spirit, and unwavering faith Whitley Reeves Barnard was and is an inspiration to everyone she met, even those who've only been told or read about her journey with cancer. After 22, short but blessed, years on this earth Whitley was called home less than a year after being told she had stage-four lung cancer. She touched the lives of so many people, especially mine. It really hit home for me, not only because we were family friends but because it could have been me. I was the smoker of 5+ years, but Whitley never picked up a cigarette a day in her life. I'd tried and succeeded in quitting, though it never stuck. It wasn't until after her passing, around the time I began running again as motivation to quit smoking, that I came across the origin of the "Whitley Up" slogan and bracelets. About a month ago, I found myself crying in the middle of Frank's Restaurant after reading the July 23 "Whitley Up" article in The SAU Stater (http://saustater.com/1268/). Needless to say, I HAD TO " Whitley Up", so I immediately requested a bracelet from her aunt Kathy, a long time family friend. The bracelet reminded me of the courage and strength Whitley exhibited in the face of extreme obstacles and I thought to myself if Whitley can do it so can I! As a request, more so a challenge, from my husband and motivation from "Whitley Up" I quit cold turkey!! I've never felt better. I can run farther and faster than I ever have before. So, I'm running my first half marathon, 13.1 miles, in remembrance of Whitley. All fundraising proceeds go to the Cancer Program at Children's Hospital in New Orleans, LA whose policy is to never turn away a child who needs the care we offer, regardless of the family's ability to pay (See more at: http://www.jazzhalf.com). Please help me finish strong and reach my goal of $1,000 in honor of Whitley and support childhood cancer research. Thanks in advance! -Anna M. Dedman

You can hear more about Whitley's story and also donate the the "Whitney Reeves Finish Strong Scholarship" by clicking the link below,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDyMQtsxLAA

or joining the Facebook group Team Whitley at

https://www.facebook.com/groups/548486105177680/

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To This Fundraiser

$1,141

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anna Banana

    $50

  • The Breaux Family

    $50

  • Lo

     

  • Frank's Restaurant and Smokehouse

    $425

  • Aunt Kathy Patureau

    $100

  • Ginger (Mom) & Len Brown

    $100

  • Lo

    $245

  • Sherill

    $50

  • Nanette Reeves Hoyle

    $91

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114% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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The Team: $1,141 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Anna Banana

Amount Raised

$1,050

 

105% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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nanette hoyle

Amount Raised

$91

Donor Comments

Nanette Reeves Hoyle

Nanette Reeves Hoyle

DONATION: $91

Anna - Whitley would be so proud of you - especially that you gave up smoking! She would be honored that you are doing this in her memory and for the cause of cancer research. While you are running tomorrow morning I will be at the monument company viewing the cemetery bench we are having etched for her gravesite. One of the inscriptions will be "As God has called Whitley up to heaven the life she lived calls us to Whitley Up on earth". I believe by your example that is what you are doing. Thank and may you finish strong and help to further the cure for this awful disease. God bless you! Love, Nanette Reeves Hoyle and Family :) 4 years ago

Sherill

Sherill

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Lo

Lo

DONATION: $245

With God All Things Are Possible! 4 years ago

Ginger (Mom) & Len Brown

Ginger (Mom) & Len Brown

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Aunt Kathy Patureau

Aunt Kathy Patureau

DONATION: $100

Anna......I love you! Whitley was/is still an inspiration to us all. You can finish anything you do.....I'm pushing for you girl. 4 years ago

Frank's Restaurant and Smokehouse

Frank's Restaurant and Smokehouse

DONATION: $425

4 years ago

Lo

Lo

4 years ago

The Breaux Family

The Breaux Family

DONATION: $50

So proud of you!! 4 years ago

Anna Banana

Anna Banana

DONATION: $50

4 years ago