From Staff Reports
Limestone Cove resident LeAnna Cutler has organized a benefit to raise funds to combat cerebral palsy.
“The month of March is the month to spread awareness about cerebral palsy,” Cutler said. Her son, Preston, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in November of 2020. Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood.
“This is all new to me, but I hope to continue this every March,” Cutler said. “Unfortunately, this year didn’t go as planned with COVID-19 and everything, but next year I hope to get an earlier start and have a big event.”
Her plans this year are to decorate with green bows donated to her effort by The Plant Palace in Erwin. She noted that green is the official color for cerebral palsy awareness month. “I’m also doing a Dr. Enuf fundraiser and raffling off some gift baskets,” Cutler said.
Tickets are $1 and all money raised will be donated to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation to help with research on finding a cure. Information about the foundation can be found at www.yourcpf.org.
Her plans got a boost thanks to students at Unicoi County High School. She said that the UCHS Agricultural class donated a $25 gift certificate, the UCHS carpentry class donated a big, beautiful dog house and the UCHS welding class donated state of Tennessee signs in large and small sizes.
In addition, Angie’s Hair and Tanning of Unicoi donated a free cut and shampoo. Succycrafts, a California-based business specializing in succulent houseplants and accessories, donated a $50 online gift certificate.
“So many other businesses and people have also been so generous with donations,” Cutler said. “I’m so thankful for all their help.”
This year’s prize drawings for the raffle items will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at CVS, located at 917 N. Main Avenue, Erwin. “We will have all raffles and Dr. Enuf order forms down there that day,” she said.
Even last-minute entries will be accepted until the drawings officially begin at 4 p.m. Cutler said the event will also offer free goodies for the kids, as well as snacks and information about cerebral palsy. “We will announce the winners of the raffles and the amount raised at 4,” she said. For more information, call (423) 268-0619.