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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The campaign shifts into high gear!

Thanks to Brandon White and the crew at Comprent Motorsports for helping to make this happen!

Watch for the #61 Comprent Motorsports Star Mazda, driven by Richard Zober, at this weekend's Star Mazda Championship race at Virginia International Raceway. The #61 will be wearing promotional decals for Katie's campaign, and they look like this:

For those of you who can't make it to VIR this weekend, you'll get a chance to catch a replay of the race on the Speed Channel at noon on May 5. Zoom-zoom!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Kick-off event pictures

Emma and Harrison, the 2007 Girl and Boy of the Year

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Uncork for a Cure!

Be sure to join me at James River Cellars on May 6 for Uncork for a Cure! Tickets are $30 and available through

More info available here.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Matching Grant - Thanks to Project Solutions!

Katie and the campaign team are proud to announce a matching grant! The next $1000 to be donated to Katie's campaign will be matched by Project Solutions, LLC, a locally owned and operated Project Management Company.

Read the full text of the announcement here.

Thanks to Project Solutions!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

How Can I Support Katie's Campaign for LLS?

(1) Forward this blog/website to Friends, Family, Organizations, Churches and Businesses.

(2) Corporations/Businesses Can Make Matching Donations.

(3) Corporations/Businesses Can Be Corporate Sponsors for the Woman of the Year Campaign.

(4) Charitible Donations Can Be Made for the May 6, 2007, Event at James River Cellars. (Food, Linens, Band, Utensils/Paper Products, Beverages, Raffle Items.)

(4) Charitible Donations Can Be Made for the May 18, 2007, Grand Finale Event. (Beverages, Food, Silent Auction Items (Minimum of $50 Value.)

(5) Purchase of Tickets to the Wine Event on May, 6, 2007, and/or to the Grand Finale Event on May 18, 2007, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Note: Tickets will be sold on

Friday, March 23, 2007

Katie's Initial Email

Hello Friends and Family,

The National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has several national fundraising events each year and one of their largest is called "Man and Woman of the Year." The Virginia event kicks off on March 22, 2007, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and the Grand Finale takes place on May 18, 2007, also at the gardens.

I have been nominated to run as "Woman of the Year" for Richmond and for the Commonwealth of Virginia. There will likely be 6-8 other candidates with whom I will compete. This is a tremendous honor for my family, and we have decided that I will accept the nomination.

So what does this mean? What this means is that starting on March 22nd, 2007, I will work for 8 weeks to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The goal of this competition is to raise monies to further cancer research and to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society reach its short and long-term goals. My goal is to raise $150,000.00.

Here is the link to the event site for Virginia for more information:

As you know, my dad, Bill Lowry was diagnosed in 2004 with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia ("AML") an aggressive cancer of the blood. After (2) two bone marrow transplants, he lost his battle with cancer on November 6, 2006, at the Medical College of Virginia after a 3 month stay in the hospital. As you can imagine my mom and I are doing our best to cope with this tremendous loss. There is also my grandpa (my dad’s dad), my Uncle Eric, many other family members and countless friends who still grieve the loss of my dad.

Even in light of my Dad’s recent passing, I feel led to accept this nomination in honor of my dad’s life and also in honor of my mom’s unyielding support of him as his primary care giver. I also feel led to accept this nomination to honor the support Dad received from the medical staff at Virginia Cancer Institute and at VCU/MCV, his church, fellow churches, his friends, his family and of countless others who crossed our path and brought many good moments during a difficult situation.

When I spoke with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society regarding the nomination, I thought about several words of wisdom my dad shared with me during his illness. His words helped me make my decision.

My dad and I never talked about the possibility of him dying because it was too painful; however, in his own way he told me that no matter what happens he said “I’m a winner no matter what.” Dad is a winner and is in heaven, but his spirit and zest for life continues to inspire me and continues to touch others. Sharing his legacy helps me remember all the good things about my dad and recognize that even in physical death, his earthly life and heavenly spirit continue to do “good works.”

When Dad underwent his bone marrow transplant at MCV, he experienced kidney failure and contracted a dangerous fungus of the brain. He would, when he could, laugh, sing, or even joke with us to the extent he was physically capable. The courage and faith that my dad demonstrated during his illness helps me to cope with his loss.

Again, my family cannot thank you enough for your support – whether a call, an email, a card, a shoulder to cry on, or a hot meal. Your acts of kindness greatly moved my mom and dad and served as a testimony to your love for them. I remember my dad saying as much as he wished he did not have leukemia, he would never take it back for all the gifts that the disease awarded him.

I’ll continue to keep you posted as we approach the kick-off date on March 22nd. Should you have any ideas, suggestions or experience with this type of event, please don’t hesitate to contact me (I’ve never done ANYTHING like this before). If you would like to help me with this wonderful cause, I would appreciate it if you would let me know as soon as you can. I certainly appreciate any support you may be able to offer. We may have to roll up our sleeves a bit, but I can assure you we will have fun as we do good for others and help fund research that will result in better treatments to patients who suffer from blood cancers, as well as other forms of cancer.

If you have any ideas about fundraising or have contacts in the community or business area, please let me know. Should you wish to work on my sub-committee to help fundraise, please let me know.

Much love,

Katie (Lowry) King

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Kick Off Event - March 22, 2007

(L to R) Michelle Baughan, Katie King, Petrina Jones, & Eileen Copp

Kick Off Event - March 22, 2007 - Friends & Family

(L to R) Noelle Loving, Brian, Michelle, Katie, Matt Benka, Petrina, Eileen, & Jim Copp

Kick Off Event - March 22, 2007 - Katie's Speech

Katie and Jeff's Wedding Day - July 31, 2004

Mom, Dad and Katie - Easter 2006

Katie Lowry & Jeff King - Wedding 7/31/04

More About Katie (Lowry) King

Nomination: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (“LLS”) “Man and Woman of the Year” Competition (It’s a state and national competition.) The winner of the National Competition will be honored with their respective state’s “Boy and Girl of the Year” in USA Today. All chapters are competing during an eight (8) week time spand.

My Goal: To raise $150,000 in two months (this is aggressive, but it would come close to beating the national winner from last year.)

My story: My dad was diagnosed with AML, an agressive Leukemia, which is a blood cancer in March of 2004. He was under the care of MCV's BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant Unit), so we’ve worked closely with Dr. Chung and Dr. McCarty for several years, who a part of Massey Cancer. He had an auto transplant in 2004, just after my husband and I were married here in Richmond . We pushed up our wedding date so my dad could walk me down the aisle and sing at our wedding here in Richmond. My Dad was an artist and painted pictures for my bridesmaids and did “pen and inks” for the groomsmen, while he was in his chemo treatment. Dad relapsed in February 2006, and had a second “allo” transplant in August 2006. He was at MCV for 3 months and suffered and pulled through numberous infections. Dad also experienced kidney failure and was on dialysis. He lost his battle to cancer due to complications with kidney failure and a brain fungus. As you can imagine, this loss is very fresh for our family – just writing about it makes me teary eyed.

My dad was an amazing person - he was my hero, my best friend and my kindred spirit. We had the type of relationship that we knew how deeply we loved each other without saying a word. I tried to anything humanly possible I could to save him, but his life was in God's hands. I know he would want me “go for it” with regard to this campaign, even in light of his recent passing. We both feel like in life you have to look for the good things to come out of a bad situation – even one like losing your parent to cancer.