In the drizzly rain on May 4th, a Saturday morning, around 100 people came out to support the Lilyâ€™s Garden â€œShooting Out Childhood Cancerâ€? event! The rain could not stop such gracious individuals from supporting this wonderful cause.
From beginners to advanced and everyone in between, there was a diverse blend of shooters who attended. Every team shot in honor of a survivor or angel of childhood cancer. These brave children were undoubtedly the reason the rain came to a sudden standstill when their teams went out to shoot. It was meant to be.
Terry Hetrick made this event possible. It was his idea originally and his passion for this cause made it come alive. The safety officers at this event were incredible. We received great feedback on how helpful they were with their advice and making it a fun shoot for beginners as well.
We are happy to announce that the â€œShooting Out Childhood Cancerâ€? event raisedÂ $31,500Â for Vanderbilt Childrenâ€™s Hospital!
Lily Hensiek of Lilyâ€™s Garden, was diagnosed with Leukemia at Vanderbilt Childrenâ€™s Hospital on December 1, 2008. Her doctor explained leukemia cells were like weeds that crowd out the good flowers in a garden.Â
For over two years, Lily received chemotherapy in order to kill â€œall the weedsâ€? so that only healthy â€œflowersâ€? would grow in "Lily's Garden."Â
She completed treatment on February 20, 2011.
When Lily was in treatment, she set a goal to raise $1,000,000 to find a cure for childhood cancer so that no child would have to go through what she did. Her dream is to one day have research find one pill to knock out childhood cancer.
â€œShooting Out Childhood Cancerâ€? was a wonderful event and another great step towards finding a cure.
This event would not have been possible without all of the kind-hearted sponsors involved:
The Nashville Gun Club, Bank of America, Academy Sports, Moeâ€™s Southwest Grill, Monroe Carell Jr. Childrenâ€™s Hospital at Vanderbilt, TLC The Landscape Company, Terry Hetrick Shooting School, Vincent Printing, The Abramsâ€™ Family, Shared Hospital Services, Ajax Turner, Acadia Healthcare, Morgan & Akins, PLLC Attorneyâ€™s at Law, Nashville Armory, Mike Kaplan, Bloom Electric, Five Iron, Anthony Allen, Hurley, Rogner, Miller, Cox, Warranch & Westcott ,Peace EyeCare, Gallivan, White & Boyd, Attorneyâ€™s at Law, Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart, E4Health Inc. and Mike Davis.