Meet Chasity Adkisson - a wife, mother of two girls, and current Tennessee Titans cheerleader. Chasity is a compassionate humanitarian and Christian committed to using her platform to uplift the community. She humbly accepted the challenge to help raise over $100,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), as a nominee for their Man & Woman of the year campaign. LLS is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds therapy-changing research around the world and provides free information and support for patients.
Her intimate connection with blood-based cancer has inspired Chasity to assist families and individuals stricken with this disease. This year marks the seventh year that Chasity’s cousin, Chris Oden, lost her battle with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Chris noticed fatigue, blisters, and bruising on her body in the weeks leading up to her diagnosis. Tragically, this occurred only eight months after her youngest daughter was born. Chris underwent bone marrow transplantation at Duke University Medical Center and seemed to have found a cure, as a follow up bone marrow biopsy showed no signs of active leukemia. However, in December 2006, Chris discovered her AML had returned. She succumbed to leukemia on February 7, 2007, at age 34, leaving behind two young daughters and a husband.
In addition to raising funds for her cousin, Chasity is called to action by the life of fellow Cheerleader, Robin Roach Towe. Robin left a mark on the Nashville Community after cheering four seasons with the Nashville Kats Arena Football Team. She coached hundreds of cheerleaders and gymnasts and volunteered countless hours in the community. Sadly, in 2002, at age 33, Robin was also diagnosed with AML. Robin passed away seven months later.
Chris and Robin’s steadfast hope and positive outlook inspired Chasity’s campaign motto, Believe. “As a mother, it breaks my heart to see Chris’ daughters grow up without knowing their mom.” Chasity has an amazing team of community leaders backing her in this campaign and looks forward to the interacting with individuals directly and indirectly affected by these diseases throughout this process.
The Nashville Man and Woman of the Year campaign officially starts on April 10, 2014. This 10-week competition is filled with events to support Chasity and the LLS in raising awareness and funds to support research in hopes of finding a cure for these devastating diseases. When asked why she’s taking time out of her already hectic schedule for this cause, Chasity says, “I feel called to make this terrible but potentially curable disease more a part of the public conscience.” Chasity is “in it to win it” - not for the notoriety that comes with becoming the LLS Woman of the Year, but for the awareness that it will bring to patients with blood cancer and the reality of a cure.
For more information about LLS visit www.LLS.org