LiveLovely Foundation hosting dinner, auction this weekend
by Jennifer Cohron
Jan 17, 2013 | 2442 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Charlie Lovely
Charlie Lovely
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The LiveLovely Foundation, which was started by 16-year-old leukemia patient Charlie Lovely prior to his death in 2009, is hosting a dinner and auction in downtown Jasper this Saturday.

Viva La Cure will begin at 5 p.m. at Los Reyes Grill. Tickets are $35 and available by messaging the LiveLovely Foundation on Facebook. A limited supply will also be sold at the door.

Examples of items donated for the silent auction include autographed memorabilia from University of Alabama running back Eddie Lacy as well as cast members of the television series “Nashville.” Services such as babysitting, music lessons, photo sessions and yard work will also be part of the auction.

In addition, bids will be taken for a date night with one of several area bachelors who have agreed to be auctioned for a good cause.

Proceeds will benefit both the LiveLovely Foundation and 3-year-old Lily Grace Dodd, who was diagnosed with leukemia in December.

Julianna Hallman, a friend of Charlie’s, helps organize fundraising events such as Viva La Cure for the LiveLovely Foundation. Last summer, more than 30 first through sixth graders participated in a basketball camp that the Foundation hosted at Bevill State Community College.

The primary mission of the Foundation is to promote awareness of the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Survival Gap.

Each year, nearly 70,000 young adults between the ages of 15 and 40 are diagnosed with cancer. Survival rates for this age group have not increased since 1975.

Hallman said Charlie became passionate about this cause not because of his own diagnosis but after befriending young cancer patients at Children’s Hospital.

“He was the oldest one at that unit at that time, and he wanted to help these kids that he saw rolling past who would come knock on his door because they loved him so much. He made them happy,” Hallman said.

Charlie was diagnosed on Halloween 2008 and passed away on New Year’s Day 2009.

For more information, visit the LiveLovely Foundation on Facebook or www.livelovely.org.