In June we received a substantial donation from a DECA Advisor in Roanoke Rapids High School honoring Nicholas Edwards.
Unfortunately there was no other information and since school was not in session, we needed to wait until our thank you letter was received and, hopefully, we would receive a note or call so we could learn more.
Finally that day arrived with a voicemail from Emli Edwards and subsequent telephone call whereby she explained that Nicholas was her brother and she developed a fundraiser for the Foundation’s benefit to honor three family members. It was a delightful conversation with a young girl whose story brought me to tears.
Emli was due on September 11, 2001 but arrived seven days earlier. She had two older brothers, Dustin and Nicolas.
In her 17 years, she has experienced the death of her 43 year-old mother in 2014 when Emli was 12, her 20 year-old brother Nicholas in April 2018 when she was 16, and her 26 year-old brother Dustin in January 2019 when she was 17.
In Roanoke Rapids High School in North Carolina, she not only created a successful fundraiser for the Foundation, but she presented an extensive paper to the DECA competition which prepares students for business life and gets them ready for college.
She received a grade of 96%, but the judges got it all wrong. She should have received 100% as her paper and presentation, which she shared with us, was amazing for a 17 year-old. We have no doubt she will excel in life!
She and her boyfriend, Cameron Wilson, worked very hard to develop a “Glow in the Dark Fun Run” and engaged corporate sponsors from the community, even getting the local Roanoke Rapids Theatre to stage their event.
They even connected with the local radio stations, newspaper and social media to get the word out.
Sixty participants enjoyed that evening and $400 was raised for the Foundation.
They held a Memorial Balloon Release to honor the participants loved ones who had died or were killed before the event began. Then the fun began.
We’d also like to acknowledge and thank the following sponsors who helped Emli successfully accomplish her goal. We hope you will support these companies if you are in the Roanoke Rapids, NC area.
- The Roanoke Rapids Theatre – 844.RRT.LIVE /844.778.5483
- VP Business Solutions – 252.578.2533
- Melody’s Tall Tails Barber Shop – 252.537.3237
- Valley Outfitters Footwear Shop – 252.533.9999
- Fowler Crop Consulting, Inc. – 252.813.3060
- Lynch’s Office Supply – 252.537.6041
- TD Sports Screen Printing – 252.539.2666
We are so appreciative of what Emli, her friends and participants developed for the benefit of other grieving children.
Additionally we are excited that Emli won a full scholarship to East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
Wishing you much success, Emli. You so deserve it!