Clayton Appalachia Home Building Facility Steps Up to Fight Childhood Cancer
The Butterfly Fund 5K was held this month in Knoxville, Tenn., and though Clayton won the award for largest team, the Clayton Appalachia team carried a heavy load â€“ 65 of the 200 Clayton participants were from the Appalachia facility. The facility utilized its â€œGet Moving Appalachiaâ€ activity program to encourage participation, and all participants received a medal for completing the race.
Team members who were unable to participate in the event helped raise money to fund the purchase of the medals, which were also delivered to young patients at Childrenâ€™s Hospital. Clayton Appalachia General Manager Ronny Robertson, along with Jerry Hylton, Doug Foster and Benny Evans, visited the hospital and delivered medals to patients. The team also helped recruit team members to participate in the 5K and made travel arrangements for the event. Ronny said he was proud of his team and the appreciation they received.
â€œFirst was the amazing show of appreciation from the children, parents and caregivers. That was so evident by the smiles and thank youâ€™s we received. Secondly, how hard the children, parents and caregivers are fighting; and how little we did as compared to their fight every second. Thirdly, this cannot be a one-time thing. We need to be more involved to be able to help as we can. Donâ€™t forget the folks that put the idea together, our team! I am so proud of them.â€ – Ronny Robertson
The Butterfly Fund supports research, treatment and services dedicated to the defeat of childhood cancers. To date, the organization has raised $165,000 to East Tennessee Childrenâ€™s Hospital and $20,000 to CureSearch.
Way to go, Clayton Appalachia! Thank you and all Clayton participants for stepping up for a GREAT CAUSE!