Tenley Tough now Team Tenley

Paying it forward

Family of young cancer survivor to host benefit for local teen

By John Underwood / john@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 3/15/17

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — Tenley Norman of Loxley was diagnosed with cancer when she was just 9 months old.

While undergoing treatment at MD Anderson in Houston, family and friends gathered for the …

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Tenley Tough now Team Tenley

Paying it forward

Family of young cancer survivor to host benefit for local teen

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ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — Tenley Norman of Loxley was diagnosed with cancer when she was just 9 months old.

While undergoing treatment at MD Anderson in Houston, family and friends gathered for the Tenley Tough 5K and Fun Run at the PZK Hall in Robertsdale.

The event was a rousing success, raising more than $12,000 for Tenley and her family.

“We are so grateful to everyone who helped make the benefit a success,” said Meagan Taylor who, along with co-organizer Julianna Beck, addressed the Robertsdale City Council at its meeting on March 6. “We are happy to report that Tenley is now home with her family, is cancer-free and thanks to generous support, no longer needs help with her medical bills.”

With Tenley nearing her second birthday, she and her family want to “pay it forward,” Taylor and Beck said, so the Tenley Tough 5K is now the Team Tenley 5K & Fun Run and will be held this year on May 13.

This year’s proceeds will go to Robertsdale teenager Caroline Berry, a student at St. Michael’s Catholic High School, who has been diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a malignant tumor that arises from a normal skeletal muscle cell.

At its meeting March 6, the Robertsdale City Council approved the use of the PZK Hall and Park for the event and approved the use of the town’s digital billboard to help promote the event.

Warm-up with Jessica Watkins with Fit Mama Bootcamp begins at 7:40 a.m. with the 5K race and vendors opening at 8 a.m.

Music starts when the first runners arrive with the fun run and crawfish plates served beginning at 9 a.m. and awards ceremony at 9:30.

Registration is available through runsignup.com and is $30 for the 5K or $20 for the fun run. If you would like to support Team Tenley and are unable to run, you can sign up as a member of the Team Tenley Support Squad for $15. Deadline for online registration is May 1.

Free food and drinks will be provided for all runners with free jump houses for children. The event also features free face painting, arts and crafts with a variety of vendors, DJ Brad Giles, free live entertainment, door prizes and a silent auction.

Plates featuring crawfish boil will also be available. You can contact Beck, 251-243-8650, juliannna.beck@yahoo.com; or Taylor, 251-923-8969, meagan.taylor13@gmail.com for more information.

Also during the meeting, local Boy Scout Nicholas Hayman addressed the council about his ongoing Eagle Scout project.

Part of the requirement for his Eagle Scout badge is to attend a council meeting. He addressed the council during the work session, then led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the regular meeting.

In other business March 6, the council voted to:

•Approve a temporary liquor license request from St. Patrick Parish for the annual Wild Irish Night and St. Patrick Fajita Cookoff to be held March 18 at the St. Patrick’s Center.

•Purchase property located between Caroline Street and Hammond Street at a cost of $26,500.

•Approve the purchase of new camera equipment to replace the existing sewer video system and trailer at a cost of $214,930, which includes trade in of the existing system, which is over 12 years old.

•Allow the South Baldwin Center for Technology to use the city’s digital billboard to promote its annual Spring Plant Sale on March 18.