They have raised over $104,000 in the past year; each with their own identity, connection to our cause and desire to make a change. They are our Chapter Champions! In the summer newsletter we introduced you to the Chapter Champions program and a young lady, Alice Lee, who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in honor of her grandmother. Meet Kara Lawson. 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, WNBA guard for the Connecticut Sun, ESPN analyst, and former team member of the University of Tennessee, Coach Pat Summitís eight-time winning college womenís basketball team. In the summer of 2011, Coach Summit announced she had been diagnosed with Alzheimerís disease, but would not let it stop her. She has decided continue in her role as Coach and push for a ninth win in the 2012 season. Kara, with the support of her husband, Damien Barling, has pledged to raise funds and awareness in honor of Coach Summitt; making her once again, a proud Coach.
Immediately after pairing with the NYC Chapter, Kara and Damien made a major impact on raising awareness and setting an example for others. They have received media coverage on NBC, ESPN and over 200 websites. In October, they attended our Walk in Riverside Park and in November, participated in the ING Marathon weekend. To date, they raised over $17,000. We are honored to be working with Kara and Damien and most importantly, to be able to support them in their quest to pay tribute to someone who changed their lives and those of many others. They have made the Chapter proud.
If you are interested in becoming a Chapter Champion, please visit: www.alznyc.org/ champions.