The Powell Valley community has rallied around a young man and his family in their time of need. Tyler Nelson is fighting illness that requires expensive treatments and the community took one person’s idea to put on a alumni fundraising effort and ran with it.
The community stood up in December and helped by raising several thousand dollars to assist the family with his health care expenses. Tyler is the son of Mikki and John Nelson.
When asked about what the benefit meant to her Mikki said, “The support shown for our son Tyler last night is still overwhelming today. We are so grateful to live in a community where Christ’s love is so evident and cheerfully shared. I would’ve loved to thanked each person individually who attended. To all the hands who volunteered and organized, thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! #teamnelson #godisgood.”
Amber Morris is the person who came up with the idea for this fundraiser. She said she felt that God was moving her to do this for the Nelson family. She reached out to her cousin Jeremiah Bean to see what he thought and to see if he thought it would be possible to pull off. It took off from there. Amber, Jeremiah and Nephateria, Jeremiah’s wife, used multimedia to get the word out.
The event featured alumni basketball games for both the men and women along with special cheer performances by Powell Valley alumni cheerleaders of all ages.
They also had a silent auction for gifts that were donated and then a actual auction for more donated items. The current Powell Valley dance team performed along with the cheerleaders. Between the periods of the games they did half court shots and three-point shots to raise additional money. with still more coming in days later. Cumberland Gap High School students raised $5,000 and donations were taken at the door also.
The Nelson family said that many thanks go out to all who helped make this event so successful and a blessing to their family.
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