On April 1, 2017, Clark County Relay for Life hosted its annual "Celebrity Waiter" fundraiser for the American Cancer Society at the Walker Conference Center on the campus of Ouachita Baptist University. Taylor volunteered to be a "celebrity" waiter this year, while Don and Terri recruited others to help take up the fight against cancer.
Nine Clark County Relay for Life teams participated in waiting on 10+ tables. Taylor was part of the "Beauties Against The Beast" team, along with Derek Phillips and Elizabeth Gabbard (two "A" list Clark County celebrities, whether they're waiting tables or not).
This year's theme was "movies." The CLF table chose the movie Greater, which honors the life of Brandon Burlsworth, the walk-on turned 1st team All-American offensive lineman for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks from 1994-1998. Just 11 days after being taken in the third round (63rd overall) of the 1999 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts, Burlsworth tragically died in a car wreck on his way home from Fayetteville to Harrison.
After his death, friends and family established the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation to support the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those who have limited opportunities. The foundation encourages a strong faith, character and sportsmanship, developing positive values, and a life pattern that would exemplify "Doing It The Burls Way." You can donate to the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation by clicking here.
At the end of the night, the Celebrity Waiter event raised over $6,000 for the American Cancer Society in its fight against cancer. So many people were responsible for making this event a huge success.
According to the American Cancer Society, 1,688,780 new cancer cases and 600,920 cancer deaths are estimated to occur in 2017. That is approximately 4,630 new cases and and 1,650 deaths per day. In Arkansas alone, there are an estimated 16,080 new cancer cases expected to occur in 2017, and 6,800 deaths. You can access other important cancer information for Arkansas by clicking here. For more information about different types of cancer, click here. If you're interested in honoring a survivor or a loved one lost to cancer, or interested in helping save lives of people in your local community and elsewhere, click here. If you're interested in donating to the American Cancer Society in their fight against cancer, click here.