Academy Cheerleaders Walk the Walk to Fight Cystic Fibrosis
By Mitchell Despot on 5/27/2014
Last weekend, members of Lipscomb Academy’s varsity and freshman cheerleading squads attended the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides walk; not only as walkers, but also as supporters of 2014 Lipscomb Academy graduate Lauren Thornton and current student Tori Church.
Nashville, along with nearly 200 cities across the country, hosted walks May 17 and 18 to bring together families and individuals affected by Cystic Fibrosis with businesses, student groups and other volunteers for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest annual event and fundraiser.
Lipscomb Academy cheerleaders joined other attendees in the two-mile trek while also cheering on fellow walkers along the route – most notably, Thornton and Church, who both battle Cystic Fibrosis.
“The support I received from my classmates and friends once again showed me why Lipscomb Academy is made up of some of the most caring friends you could ever ask for,” Thornton said. “Having so many amazing people present really made this an unforgettable event.”
“Living with Cystic Fibrosis can be very difficult but having the encouragement of so many classmates was a tremendous blessing,” said Church. “I’m so thankful for everyone who came out and can’t wait to be part of the walk again next year.”
Lipscomb Academy’s varsity and freshman cheerleading squads have 20 members and are led by Donna Brasher, Martha Ann Hawkins and Miranda Giles.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the girls and the support they showed for Lauren last weekend,” said Brasher. “I was extremely pleased to hear many wonderful comments from community members about the girls and am glad we were a part of such a wonderful event.”
To learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the 70,000 children and adults affected by the disease worldwide, visit http://www.cff.org/.