Lindsey was motivated to enter the competition because she lost a very close friend and mentor, as well as a family member to Leukemia. "My Great Aunt Ruth passed away from Leukemia when I was very young" explains Lindsey. "The small amount of red I have in my hair is a constant reminder of her life."
While Lindsey has always had a connection to the cause, upon accepting her nomination for Woman of the Year from the Tennessee Titans, Lindsey made it her priority to find a cure and put an end to the disease.
After the initial kick-off event that took place on March 19th at Valentino's Ristorante, Lindsey began her ten week campaign by creating a fundraising webpage in which she explained her connection to the cause and her motivation for becoming Woman of the Year. The website acted as a way for her friends, family, co-workers, and teammates to make donations and wish her words of encouragement throughout the campaign.
In addition to the webpage that she created, Lindsey co-hosted two other fundraising events. The first event, "Cheers 2 Robin," was hosted by the entire Tennessee Titans Cheerleading team in honor of former KATS cheerleader, Robin Towe who lost her battle to Leukemia six years ago. Robin had been a teammate of many of the current Titans Cheerleaders, and in the event's third year, was a great opportunity for Lindsey to help raise money for the Leukemia Society through her Woman of the Year Campaign.
Lindsey co-hosted her second fundraising event with Eric Yutzy, News Channel 5 Sportscaster and winner of this year's Man of the Year campaign. The event "Celebrities Strike up a Cure," was a bowling tournament in which entrants had the chance to meet and take pictures with local celebrities, as well as bowl with Titans players and cheerleaders.
The Tennessee Titans have a continuous connection with the Man and Woman of the Year Campaign. Last year's Man of the Year was awarded to Mike Keith, Titans' Director of Broadcasting, with runner-up Cortland Finnegan, starting cornerback for the Tennessee Titans. Lindsey explains, "I was honored and thrilled to be the Titans representative this year." In addition to cheering for the Titans, Lindsey works full-time as a correspondent for CMT and says, "I also appreciate the support I received from my office and co-workers."
The ten week competition concluded on May 28th at the Double Tree Hotel where Lindsey received her honorable mention. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society raised $206, 434 throughout the course of the campaign. For more information about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, please visit www.lls.org.