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Auction created to help Knoxville business owner battling cancer

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The community is coming together to help a business owner battling a rare form of cancer. Sarah Pattison, owner of the Happy Envelope on Kingston Pike, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in August 2020.

Pattison underwent a 14-hour surgery to help remove infected skin and cancerous nods on Oct.15 at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital’s IBC Clinic in Houston. Soon, she will face radiation twice a day for two months.

To help her and her family pay for her treatment, which is expected to cost around $700,000, friends and other business owners are helping her raise the money. They have created an online auction called “Standing with Sarah” full of all kinds of items to help raise funds.

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Donut sales helping to end Polio around the world

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — On Wednesday, October 20, Dunkin’ Donuts in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Kansas City are partnering with three Rotary Districts to hold a fundraiser for End Polio Now! in celebration of World Polio Day.

For every $2.50 donated to the Purple Pinkie Donut Fundraiser, participants will receive a free Purple Pinkie Donut, which is a glazed donut stick, topped with a dab of purple icing. This represents the purple paint that is placed on children’s pinkie fingers in developing countries after they receive the polio vaccine.

Through a matching donation from the Rotary districts and The Gates Foundation, each $2.50 donation becomes a total of $18.75. Donations can also be made by ordering a 10-count box of “Pinkies” for a $25 donation, which will become a donation of $187.50 per box. In the first 3 years, the Purple Pinkie Donut Project earned over $2,000,000. The goal for 2021 is to raise another million.

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Local Lights of Hope raises $20K

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More than 700 lighted bags, each honoring the life of someone affected by cancer, lined the breezeway in front of Tennessee School of Beauty, 4704 Western Ave., on Saturday night, Sept. 18. The display was among hundreds in communities across the county during Lights of Hope Across America.

In ordinary times, hundreds of cancer advocates from around the country would be gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., where more than 50,000 Lights of Hope would surround the reflecting pool. But these are no ordinary times. Because cancer patients are increasingly vulnerable to the coronavirus, we were unable to gather in D.C.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network asked volunteers to create Lights of Hope displays in their home communities, which is exactly what we did.

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KARM receives almost 1,000 pounds of food from UT Catering after Vols game

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Vols may not have won against Pittsburgh on Saturday, but the Knoxville community still received a prize — food for the hungry.

The Knox Area Rescue Ministries announced that they received almost 1,000 pounds of food from UT Catering after the home game, supplied by Aramark. A van was packed with food including pork loins, potato wedges, buffalo chicken, veggie trays and hot dogs.

“We think it’s the perfect solution to help feed our community’s homeless and hungry while also eliminating food waste,” officials said on social media.

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Tennessee Center To Raise Money For Charity With NIL Deals

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Tennessee center Uros Plavsic is raising money for Knoxville charities by doing NIL deals. The Serbia native is unable to profit off of the NCAA’s new Name, Image and Likeness rules due to his United States visa.

However, the 7-foot center and Tennessee’s compliance office figured out a way for Plavsic to do NIL deals, donating the money he earns to charity.

“This news allows me to leverage my platform as a Tennessee Volunteer in a way that benefits families and organizations in the Knoxville area that have real needs,” Plavsic said in a statement on his Twitter. “I’ve already talked to Coach Barnes and asked for his guidance on some local charities that do great work.”

Plavsic’s selfless effort is in line with the Serbia natives time at Tennessee. The redshirt-junior has played only sparingly in his two years in Knoxville but has earned Barnes and Vol fans respect by being a great teammate.

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‘It takes a village’ | Local nonprofit raising money to help those living with Parkinson’s disease

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — “Almost everybody knows somebody with Parkinson’s,” said founder Isabell Senft-Daniel. For some, it’s surprising to hear that a disease that impacts people’s mobility is as common as it is.

But Parkinson’s disease affects over 1 million Americans directly, not including the families and caretakers who help the people whose minds remain sharp while their bodies decline.

Several nonprofits help those living with Parkinson’s, including PJ Parkinson’s, which exclusively helps those in East Tennessee.

“We are not under the umbrella of a big organization,” said Senft-Daniel. A lot of people mistake us with some big organizations. But yeah, we are here for the people in East Tennessee and all our donations also stay here.”

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Knox Rox is super fund-raiser

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Alzheimer’s Tennessee and Hillcrest Healthcare Foundation’s first Knox Rox benefit concert on Aug. 28 was a hit with attendees. The evening of fun was all for good causes – supporting people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias as well as funding care for patients and residents at Hillcrest Healthcare’s three Knoxville communities.

Weston and Penny Babelay of 865 Axe Throwing sponsored the event, along with East Tennessee Pharmacy Services, ROOST and Hillcrest Healthcare.

Live music by Lavonda & the 865 Bandits featured Lavonda Cantrell, Hillcrest Healthcare Foundation vice president. Several of the other band members also work in healthcare including Rick Emerson, vice president of pharmacy services at East Tennessee Pharmacy Services; Tony Daniel, a pharmacy technician and supervisor at East Tennessee Pharmacy Services; Stephen Wilder, human resources manager at Covenant Health; and Dave Harmon, vice president Spero Health’s Spero University. Other musicians include Kirk Grathwol, lead product designer at Jupiter Design, and Chuck England, building codes enforcement officer at Knox County Engineering & Public Works.

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TN Promise searching for volunteer mentors

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – TN Achiceves has begun recruiting volunteer mentors to provide support to every TN Promise applicant.

The organization is in need of 9,000 mentors for the TN Promise applicant class of 2022.

Mentors will work with a small group of three to seven students to aid in their transition from high school to college. Mentors will send reminders to students of important deadlines, serve as a trusted college resource and provide encouragement.

“You cannot replace the committed, encouraging support offered by a local mentor,” says tnAchieves Executive Director Krissy DeAlejandro. “Through the challenges of the past year, we have been grateful to our volunteers across the state who answered the call to ensure students successfully transition to college and feel seen. While TN Promise funding is important, mentors represent the heart of our program.”

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$1 million donation to YWCA will help expand women’s program & renovate building

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The YWCA of Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley is getting a big donation — $1 million from the Boyd Foundation.

It will go towards helping expand a program that helps women get back on their feet by finding independence and self-sufficiency, after facing difficult times. It is meant to help them restart their lives.

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