Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fast Break with Roy Williams

For the past two years Danny and I have been fortunate enough to volunteer for the annual Roy Williams' Fast Break Against Cancer breakfast.  In it's fifth year, this event has raised more than $1 million for Cancer Research; this is something we can all applaud.  On Thursday, we headed over to the Smith Center to help set-up for the event.  While I set-up auction items (my duty for the past two years), Danny and Emerson helped set the place settings with mugs, magnets and programs.  Emerson had a blast running around the Smith Center and helping out.  She even stood on the riser and peeked behind the podium like she was Roy getting ready to address the crowd.....

On Friday, Danny and I were up super early.  I think I made it to the Smith Center by 6:20 am and Danny wasn't far behind me making it there by 7:20 am (after getting Emerson up, dressed, out the door and to school).  I finished putting the touches on the auction table before all the guests arrived.  There were some great items this year in both the live and silent auctions; shoes signed by Tyler Hansbrough, Anoop Desai memorabilia, a Guitar Hero game signed by Coach Williams (click here if you haven't seen the commercial), a package to watch the game behind the bench (always a high bidding item) and new this year, a signed ball by all living Naismith Hall of Fame members (Coach had two and ended up giving both of them to the two highest bidders).

Eric Montross was the guest speaker this year and he touched us all as he spoke of how cancer has been a part of his life since he was 5 years old.  He especially touched me when he talked about one of the young gentlemen that meant so much to him, Jason Clark.  I actually knew Jason and grew up next to him in Fearrington and attended his funeral, which Montross spoke at, after his battle with cancer.  I had completely forgotten the connection until he started to describe Jason on Friday morning.  Montross dedicated himself to making the Children's Hospital a better place.  Before Jason's passing he left Montross a three page list of things that could be improved and make the hospital more "child-friendly" and I know Montross made it his goal to do make these changes.  Montross was an integral part of the amazing playroom for children on the top floor of the hospital.

All in all, it was another great event that The Devers are proud to volunteer for.

PS- If you haven't seen the out takes for the Guitar Hero commercial you can see Bob Knight's here and the coaches interviews here.

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