2020 Sky High for Kids
Lafayette Virtual Banquet
“Bringing Communities Together” is ingrained in our mission, and we believe in the power of human connection to do great things. However, we have made the difficult decision to transition our Lafayette Banquet to a virtual event.
Text “2020LA” to 243-725 to Register
Questions? Contact Event Coordinator, Grace Theriot at email@example.com or 713.714.8587 ext. 5
HELP US END PEDIATRIC CANCER
GUEST OF HONOR - TRACY LIRETTE
Our commitment to this organization began about 14 years ago, when the organization was founded by Brittany Hebert. Tracy met her when she was promoting the first event. We have been involved in many fundraisers throughout our lives, for various organizations. However, none of them have been as rewarding and significant to us as helping to fight childhood cancer. A trip to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis solidified our continued commitment to the cause, and nothing else could compare to helping innocent children who have been stricken with a childhood disease.
We have been influenced to help those in need by many of our friends and family members throughout our lives. We have enjoyed the rewarding experience of helping these children and their families in their battle against cancer and also influencing others to join the fight. The effort seems to be contagious because the cause is so significant.
We began sourcing and donating Labrador Retriever puppies with exceptional pedigrees a few years after the organization was formed, and have been ever since. We all have a passion for dogs, so it is an easy way for us to contribute. Jennifer has also donated her hair twice and plans to do so again at the banquet in Lafayette.
We have continued our support to this cause because it is very rewarding and we are blessed to be able to help. There is no better feeling than during the drive home after one of these fundraising events, knowing that you have made a difference in the lives of these children and their families.
God bless this organization, our military, our first responders and God Bless the USA!
GUEST SPEAKER - CORBIN
In early 2005, 3-year-old Corbin was a typical toddler who liked trains, playing t-ball and swimming. But one night, his life changed drastically when Corbin’s parents, Clint and Heather, noticed a lump on his back. A biopsy revealed Corbin had rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of soft tissue cancer.
At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, Corbin underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy, as well as surgery to remove the tumor. Once he finished treatment, Corbin returned to St. Jude for regular checkups.
For 12 years, Corbin’s family lived free of cancer. But in early 2017, Corbin began to feel pain in his right arm. An X-ray revealed a mass, and a biopsy confirmed Corbin had a second type of cancer called osteosarcoma, which affected his bones. His family once again turned to St. Jude for his treatment, which included a surgical procedure to save his arm and chemotherapy. “St. Jude gives us hope and comfort,” said Heather. “Because of St. Jude, our family has been able to flourish, even during this incredibly difficult time.”
Because Corbin has developed two types of cancer, he is a part of St. Jude’s Cancer Predisposition Program. His family learned he has Li Fraumeni Syndrome, a condition that makes a person more likely to develop one or more cancers.
Corbin loves music and plays the guitar. He is right-handed, so he worried when he was first diagnosed with bone cancer that he might lose his ability to play. But Corbin spent time with St. Jude’s music therapist and began to play his guitar again. Corbin recently celebrated graduation from high school in West Monroe, LA.
PERFORMANCE BY WAYNE TOUPS
Help me cut my hair on stage and raise money for a great cause!!
In eighth grade I started volunteering for a non profit called Sky High for Kids. Along the way I had the pleasure of meeting a young cancer survivor who had lost all of her hair. The first day we met was also the same day I was donating my hair for the first time. She showed up to the banquet wearing a timid attitude and a wig. The event went on and I donated my hair. The next morning she showed up to the sporting clay shoot with no wig, a head wrap on and a different attitude. She told her mom she didn't want to wear her wig anymore so that someone else could use it. She found confidence in who she was with or without her hair and realized that it didn't define who she was. This is why I continue to donate my hair, to help give young girls the small ounce of courage to conquer cancer and the world. Much love, Jen!
I am donating my hair at the Lafayette Sky High event in honor of my brother, Ross, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 19 after a 16 month battle with DIPG brain cancer. During his battle, he lived by the mantra, WUPKAR: Wake up, pray, kick a**, repeat. We miss Ross every day, and I am so honored that I have the opportunity to make a difference for a child fighting cancer.
I was approached by some co-workers about doing this. I had never put much thought into it before, but after some research into your organization and learning about your mission it was an easy decision to make. I am honored to be a part of this!
Can't Make It?
Our 2020 Committee
Maegan Sonnier & Kim Bernard - Travel Machine
Last Year's Event
Thank you to our sponsors!