Former mayor thankful to those who give

To the Editor

I want to commend Michael Brannock, CFO of Workforce Unlimited, who was recognized as a top fundraiser for the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He raised $209,000, and Workforce Unlimited raised $1,468,000.

I lost a childhood friend to leukemia and a co-worker in the radio industry to lymphoma. When I got the dreadful news my brother was diagnosed with leukemia, I collapsed to the ground. Then Molly Trent, a White Plains Elementary student, was diagnosed. The survival rate has improved, and praise God, my brother and Molly are in remission. There are more stories that pull on our heartstrings like Sarah Brady, wife, mother, daughter and nursing supervisor, recently diagnosed with leukemia.

I thank God for people like Michael Brannock who is driven to meet human need. His mother, Teresa Lewis, is an example for her children and others. Like mother, like son. When her grandson Cameron Clabo was born premature, Teresa became a major fundraiser for March of Dimes and broke a record. She has been involved in numerous fundraising endeavors.

I’m in awe of those who serve others, and am profoundly grateful to Michael Brannock and Workforce Unlimited for giving to the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Those dollars impact lives and hits home. I can’t imagine our family without Calvin and the Trent family without Molly.

“By His stripes, we are healed.”

Deborah Cochran

Former Mount Airy mayor

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