Williams Subaru Loves to Care & Play Ball - 2018

For this year’s Subaru Loves to Care Initiative, Williams Subaru decided to go a bit above and beyond. We chose Levine Children’s Hospital patients to be the recipients of our blankets and arts & crafts kit donation, and we wanted to honor a very special former patient of theirs. Through the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, we met Ally Davis and her family. Ally is a survivor of Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma, diagnosed at just 11 years old. Her father, Preston Davis, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma just 1 year earlier. Both Ally and Preston fought valiantly and beat cancer. When we heard their story, we wanted to honor them with something special they would not forget.

After hearing the Davis’s story, the owner of Williams Subaru, Ward Williams knew he needed to meet them. So we invited the Davis family to join us in our blanket and arts & crafts kit delivery to Levine Children’s Hospital. Upon meeting this incredible family, Ward immediately connected with young Ally, who impressed him with her maturity. It was very special to our staff to be able to spend the morning with the Davis family and the kind & caring staff at the hospital. We had a great time meeting and spending time with the hospital staff who once cared for Ally. The staff was also thrilled to see Ally and her family again, 2 years after Ally completed treatment.

But we didn’t stop there. As a part of our partnership with local minor league baseball team, the Charlotte Knights, we have the ability to honor someone in the community with a ceremonial first pitch. So, the following week, we gifted Ally with the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Not only was this a special night for Ally, but the spectators at the Knights game would get to hear Ally’s story and the mission of LLS would be spread. Ally has been an avid softball player since she was 6 years old and was a little nervous, but so excited about this unique opportunity. On July 16th, in front of thousands of people, Ally and Preston headed down to the field and Ally threw out the first pitch to kick off the game. Despite typically playing 2nd base, she threw a killer pitch right over home plate!

To help further spread the mission, Charlotte LLS Board President Matt Newsom was also interviewed in front of all the fans right before the game to talk about the impact that LLS and partners like Williams Subaru are making every day in the fight against blood cancer.

 

Today, thankfully, Ally is almost 2 years cancer free, and Preston maintains his good health. The Davis family, including younger brother Josh and mom Suzanne, continues to help others through fundraising in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and by sharing their story with everyone they meet.

Williams Subaru would like to thank Ally & her family for taking the time to meet us, and for allowing us to help tell their story. A special thanks as well to Matt Newsom and Cathy Bloomberg from the Charlotte Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  

 

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