Fans raise $23K for Edith McReynolds
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By JUSTIN BEASLEY, Courier Sports Writer

From November until the beginning of February, Robert A. Harris Gym is packed with fans wearing maroon and gold cheering on the Cannon County basketball teams.

Last Tuesday though, fans swapped their school prided maroon and gold attire for their community caring green-out shirts in support of Edith McReynolds, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments for lymphoma cancer.

And through t-shirt sells, money donations, a benefit dinner and silent auction, Auburntown and the Cannon County community have raised over $23,000 for Edith McReynolds and her family.

"It's just humbling, Edith McReynolds said. "I can't believe everything that everybody has done. (It's) the whole community - the whole county really."

Edith McReynolds is the mother of five children including the set of quadruplets Erin, Kristen, Garrett and Marshall McReynolds who are part of the Cannon County basketball teams.

Her oldest daughter, Kayla McReynolds, is a nursing student at Tennessee Tech, and was able to help her mother a lot over Christmas break.

According to medical-newstoday.com, lymphoma is a form of cancer that affects the immune system - specifically; it is a cancer of immune cells called lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell.

Both the Lions and Lionettes will wear the green-out shirts during warm-ups for the remainder of the season.
"It lets me know that I don't just have my own family, I have Cannon County as my own family (as well) backing me up and supporting in ways I couldn't even imagine," Erin McReynolds said.

"We're just extremely lucky to have a community like this that loves us this much to donate whatever they have to us in our time of need," Garrett McReynolds said.

With the money raised, Edith says she will be able to "focus on getting well and not worry about everything else so much."

And although she'll undergo chemo about every two weeks for the next four months, she will not be fighting lymphoma alone.

"The support is overwhelming. This community is awesome, they really come together for people when they are in need like this," Edith McReynolds said.

"It takes a load off your shoulder. It'll help tremendously through all this."

is the mother of five children including the set of quadruplets Erin, Kristen, Garrett and Marshall McReynolds who are part of the Cannon County basketball teams.

Her oldest daughter, Kayla McReynolds, is a nursing student at Tennessee Tech, and was able to help her mother a lot over Christmas break.

According to medicalnewstoday.com, lymphoma is a form of cancer that affects the immune system - specifically; it is a cancer of immune cells called lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell.

Both the Lions and Lionettes will wear the green-out shirts during warm-ups for the remainder of the season.
"It lets me know that I don't just have my own family, I have Cannon County as my own family (as well) backing me up and supporting in ways I couldn't even imagine," Erin McReynolds said.

"We're just extremely lucky to have a community like this that loves us this much to donate whatever they have to us in our time of need," Garrett McReynolds said.

With the money raised, Edith says she will be able to "focus on getting well and not worry about everything else so much."

And although she'll undergo chemo about every two weeks for the next four months, she will not be fighting lymphoma alone.

"The support is overwhelming. This community is awesome, they really come together for people when they are in need like this," Edith McReynolds said.

"It takes a load off your shoulder. It'll help tremendously through all this."

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