Allow me to introduce you to Courtney McCall, my roommate and best friend, who inspires me daily to be the best version of myself.
Courtney, 21, is a senior at the University of Tennessee majoring in nutrition. After graduation in May, she plans to further her education by attending graduate school for business analytics. She plays club soccer at UTK and is one of the many friendly faces seen at the Tennessee Recreational Facility for Students. (TRECS)
Courtney grew up in the small town of Bristol, TN. This is where she first found her outlet for volunteerism.
When Courtney was only 12 years old, her father was deployed to Iraq. During his absence, she and her mother were hit with devastating news. Her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Courtney then felt it was her duty to support her mom and volunteering for Susan G. Komen was the best way she knew how.
Courtney, then 13, began her freshman year of high school in August 2008. She joined the Anchor Club and through this led several volunteer opportunities through Susan G. Komen and the YWCA of Bristol. Initially, each individual Anchor Club member was responsible for getting a certain number of volunteer hours however they wish. Courtney was able to spearhead a movement towards making Susan G. Komen the Anchor Club’s sole philanthropy. Courtney was part of developing “pink out” games for her high school’s football games, where all fans were encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer. The Anchor Club sold t-shirts for the games and over half of the cost of the shirt went to Susan G. Komen. On her own time, Courtney has participated in four Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events and has raised money individually.
Courtney’s mom is now happy, healthy and cancer free.
“Most simply, it makes me feel good.”, said Courtney about volunteering, “My parents raised me to be the best person I can be and if I’m fortunate enough to have things I don’t need then I should give back.”
Courtney has also volunteered at local nursing homes, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, YWCA of Bristol, Knox Kicks, Holston View Elementary School, Boo at the Zoo, The Humane Society, the Healthy Eating and Activity Lab, youth soccer camps, and more.
To find out how you can help, visit the Susan G. Komen website HERE