Mooresville, NC – An amazing group of teachers at Brawley Middle School has brought together the Mooresville community in memory of middle school teacher, Nellie Buehler. The April 2nd 5K Run has already registered 80 participants from NC and other states. The race planning team has joined forces with Peninsula Baptist Church across the street, as well as Serenity House to assure a safe and successful event. read more…
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On April 2, 2011, Brawley Middle School will be teaming up with Serenity House to sponsor a 5k run in memory of Nellie Buehler, a former science teacher at Brawley and Serenity House volunteer. Race Info and Entry Form
Nellie was a teacher for 27 years and taught at Lake Norman Elementary and Brawley Middle Schools. She lost her battle with brain cancer in July 2010. Nellie felt passionate about the mission of the Serenity House, which is a place where terminally ill residents receive end-of-life care in a home environment. Even when she was no longer able to teach, Nellie volunteered her time to help others through the transition of dying. The 5k will honor her memory and carry on her message to “make a difference”.
Serenity House was established in October 2007 through the Carolina Comfort Coalition. Residents receive physical care, as well as social, spiritual, and emotional support from trained volunteers. These services are free of charge and made possible by the generosity of our community. All proceeds from the 5k in Nellie’s honor will go directly to the care of the residents in this peaceful place where families can say good-bye with dignity, surrounded by love and support.
Our fundraising goal is to raise the equivalent cost of one month’s care for two residents, which is approximately $10,000. (or $175. per day per resident). Serenity House and schools are both non-profit organizations and therefore, need the financial support from the community in order to reach this goal. Food/beverage donations and/or monetary donations for any amount your organization wishes to contribute will be greatly appreciated. The first organization donating at the “Gold” level will have its name included in the title of the race. All other sponsors will be included on the race T-shirts, with the size of the logo commensurate with the level of sponsorship.
_________ $5000/Gold level
_________ $1000/Silver level
________ $500/Bronze level
Checks can be made out and mailed to:
110 Centre Church Road
Mooresville, NC 28117
Please include your contact information, so a member of the race committee can be in contact with you.
Thank you for your time and generosity.
Dana Treadway, Counselor/Brawley Middle School/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Zurich, Teacher/Brawley Middle School/ email@example.com
Terri Johnson, Teacher/Troutman Middle School/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by CW Editor on December 29, 2010 in Education
South Iredell’s Natalie Kelly raises money in memory of former colleague
This past year wasn’t easy for Natalie Kelly.
The Troutman resident and South Iredell High School assistant principal saw her dear friend and former Brawley Middle School colleague, Nellie Buehler, die of brain cancer in July.
But in August, Kelly committed to spend the remainder of the year honoring Buehler through personal fundraising efforts for the Serenity House, a Mooresville end-of-life care home.
And she’s looking forward to making even more of a difference through Serenity House in 2011.
Kelly’s strategy is simple. She set out to raise $100 per month by getting four individuals to sponsor her $25 each for running races across North Carolina.
By November, just four months into her yearlong commitment, Kelly had raised her goal of $1,200. She had received $300 for the month of December — three times her monthly goal.
“It’s my gift back to Nellie,” Kelly said. “She gave me so much through this process of her dying. The very least I can do is give back to a cause that was very important to her.”
Serenity House is where Buehler spent many of her last days, Kelly explained. But she wasn’t a patient. Despite her battle with cancer, Buehler volunteered to care for those in her shoes.
Kelly described Serenity House as a “beautiful place and a magical place” to say goodbye.
“It’s refreshing to have others excited about our wonderful Serenity House,” said the home’s executive director, Cheryl Pletcher. “To have a group of people who are wanting to help us continue on with caring for those at the finish line of life (is) fabulous!”
Kelly has enjoyed getting to know the small Serenity House staff better and hearing stories about Buehler she wouldn’t have known if she had not decided to raise funds for the home.
“It helps me make sense of the world and what happened to her,” Kelly said. “Nellie made me look at how precious my life is. It is a ripple effect. What I do really does affect other people.”
Her friendship with Buehler – and now the fundraising efforts in her honor – have changed Kelly’s life.
“It has helped me feel like my life has purpose to focus my energy on doing good things for others like Nellie did,” she said. “I learned a lot from her, and I continue to learn a lot from her.”
She hopes that, through the funds raised this year, others dying of cancer will be able to die as she witnessed Buehler die – “beautifully, gracefully and with dignity,” she said.
“When I hear of folks who are struggling, I hope and pray they are able to face it and survive it and not get swallowed up and give into it,” Kelly said. “Nellie didn’t quit. She was given six months and lived 14.”
At press time, Kelly was still determining which race to run in January. She will continue raising funds for Serenity House through the end of July.
Although some Mooresville residents have given, Kelly would like to see even more people support their local end-of-life care home.
“People feel compelled to do this because they have lost someone close to them,” Kelly said. “It would have been nice if their loved one would have had (a place like Serenity House).”
Kelly asks that people send money directly to Serenity House, 110 Centre Church Road, in Nellie Buehler’s honor. All donations are tax deductible.
For more information on Serenity House, call 704-664-2004 or visit www.carolinacomfortcoalition.org.
5K established in Nellie Buehler’s memory
MOORESVILLE – Along with Natalie Kelly’s individual fundraising efforts for the Serenity House, she and some of Nellie Buehler’s other friends have joined with the nonprofit’s staff to organize their own 5K event in Buehler’s memory. The Nellie Rocks 5K Fun Run/Walk will take place April 2 at a yet-to-be-determined location. All proceeds will go to the Serenity House.
The event’s name came from one of Buehler’s nieces, who called her “the coolest person in the universe,” Kelly said.
Event organizers hope to raise $5,250, the cost of one person to stay at Serenity House for one month, Kelly said.
Details: 704-664-2004 or visit www.carolinacomfortcoalition.org.