Briar Lowe named scholarship winner
by By JOYANNA WEBER Banner Staff Writer
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Volley for a Cure
2012 VOLLEY for a Cure scholarship recipient Briar Lowe stands with his mom, Gina. Present for the award were Jan Moses, left, executive director of the MaryEllen Locher Foundation, Briar Lowe and Gina Lowe. The scholarship presentation came Friday night during the volleyball contest between the Lee University Lady Flames and the Coastal Carolina Mariners. Banner Photo, JOYANNA WEBER
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The MaryEllen Locher Foundation announced Briar Lowe as the winner of the 2012 Volley for a Cure Scholarship during the annual volleyball game Friday night.

Lowe is a senior at Cleveland Christian School, and plans to attend Chattanooga State Community College to study electrical engineering.

“In the summer of 2007, Gina learned that she had breast cancer. That summer was a very emotional time for both her and Briar. As a 12-year-old, he would often console his mother with kisses on her head to reassure her that she was going to be OK,” Phil Cook said, as he read a part of the family’s story during the event.

Lowe also gave up time playing basketball so that he could be with his mother.

During those difficult months, Briar often requested prayer for his mother at a prayer meeting he attended with his grandfather.

“Today, Gina has been cancer-free for five years,” Cook said.

At Cleveland Christian School, Lowe is a member of his school’s basketball team and sings in the chapel ensemble.

Each year the Volley for a Cure committee keeps the winner’s name a secret until it is announced between the second and third set of this pink-themed event at Lee University. The $2,000 Volley for a Cure scholarship can be renewed each year as long as a student meets the requirments.

Pink hair dos, pink ice cream and balloons sported the signature color of breast cancer awareness. Other pink treats were also available for purchase.

In addition to Lee’s match against Costal Georgia, Friday also featured a match by high school volleyball players in support of the cause. Bradley Central, Ooltewah, Walker Valley and Clevend High schools sold T-shirts leading up to the event to raise funds for the MaryEllen Locher Foundation. This year the high schools raised $16,291.00 with BCHS selling the most.

Ocoee Middle School cheerleaders got in on the action by cheering in between sets of the Lee vs. Coastal Georgia game.

This year’s match also featured special guest Phil Stacey singing the national anthem.

The MaryEllen Locher Foundation was established by the former TV news anchor to ensure that her son and other children would be able to attend college. This is the 10th year that the foundation has awarded scholarships to students who have a parent who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

With Friday night’s volleyball contest, the Volley for a Cure planning committee put the wraps on the sixth year of this event that was founded by Andrea Hudson, head coach of the Lee University Lady Flames volleyball team. Hudson originated the cause as a way to help her young athletes to interact with the Cleveland and Bradley County community by getting involved in initiatives that not only support area residents, but that also bring public awareness to a pressing need.

Since the project’s inaugural year, VFAC has been held during October which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Through the month, the initiative coordinates a variety of community activities that promote understanding of the disease while encouraging area residents to become actively involved.

Volley for a Cure is also known for its work to raise funds for the Locher Scholarship Foundation.