There are several calls for awareness during the month of October, but for First National Bank of Middle Tennessee its spotlight has always been on raising money for leukemia.
The bank’s annual Costumed for a Cure event will take place once again this fall on Halloween Day where employees will don their best costume and awareness for this form of cancer will take center stage.
This year, fundraising efforts will take a new turn and include the opportunity to purchase canvas prints of historic sites unique to the bank’s location.
The canvas prints will include photography that comprises sites such as historic downtown McMinnville, Depot Bottom, Riverfront Park and the railroad bridge near the greenway
“All proceeds raised this year will be donated to the Leukemia–Lymphoma Society of Tennessee in honor of Briggs Davis, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on March 28, 2017 just days before his fourth birthday in April,” said bank executive vice president Cindy Swann.
By the numbers, an estimated 172,910 people in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma this year alone. While the numbers may seem great, there is progress in the survival rate after diagnosis in recent years, especially for those diagnosed with childhood leukemia.
Since starting the fundraiser in 1991, the bank has raised over $90,000.
The cost for each print is $60. For more information, contact Anne Vance or Ross Garrison at 473-4402.