was honored by Gov. Bill Haslam last month for his childhood cancer awareness and fundraising efforts. Harding Academy students raised $600 this year for the cause.
NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s State Capitol was illuminated by a gold light during the last week in September in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
On Monday, September 30, Governor Bill Haslam met with Parker Logan in the Capitol office to present him with a flag that was flown in his honor on Friday, September 27.
Parker, now a junior at Montgomery Bell Academy and a lymphoma survivor, has been cancer-free since 2008. Since Parker ended treatments, he has made great efforts to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. Not only has Parker been involved with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, he also inspires peers and the community with his outgoing representation of the Rally Foundation, a national 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Parker is one of many Rally Kids from across the country whose stories are the driving force behind Rally’s cause (a Rally Kid is any child who has battled cancer and has registered at rallyfoundation.org).
For the fourth year in a row, Parker has led students to take part in a Rally 4 Quarters 4 Research, a simple change collection fundraiser in which schools across the country have participated. On September 6, 2013, more than $700 was raised at the Montgomery Bell Academy football game against Baylor High School thanks to students, parents, faculty, and patrons from MBA, Baylor, Harpeth Hall and St. Cecilia. Parker also looks forward to being involved in other upcoming annual Rally events, including Rally Nash Bash dinner and auction (Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Loveless Barn), Rally Rumble Teenage Music Festival (Saturday, Feb. 22 at Rocketown) and the Joe P Rally Run (date and location TBA).
ABOUT RALLY:Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of kids ages 0 to 15. Rally, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. In addition to locally held events, volunteers also participate in the Rally Athlete program, which offers half marathon training teams for select national races and other Rally fundraisers. Since its inception in 2005, Rally has awarded more than $4 million in research grants supporting more than 70 projects nationwide, including Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and St. Jude. Grants are awarded through a competitive peer review process assuring that the best research is funded.Rally received the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence, and according to independently audited financials, 92.4 cents of every dollar raised, supports Rally’s mission. For more information, visit RallyFoundation.org