We are in our second year of the Lucy 115, since a pledge was made to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Last year was a huge success, raising over $33,000. Le Bonheur was thrilled with our efforts, and looks forward to continued success. Since our pledge, and with donations, Le Bonheur has received approval to begin the first phase of the Le Bonheur Green. A part of this area will be named in memory of Lucy Williford, the daughter of Leah and Judson Williford, who unexpectedly died on March 3, 2017, at ten months of age.
Our original pledge of $100,000 over a five-year period was made with a goal to provide funding for The Le Bonheur Green, an outdoor art installation and play space that will welcome patients and their families. The hospital recognizes the need to have access to the therapeutic and restorative properties of the outdoors. When children can experience the sights and sounds of nature, they are reminded of their normal life outside the hospital. The Le Bonheur Green is an extension of the healing that happens in the hospital: It will be a space for children and families to be renewed, and a place where they can gather to relax, share life, and escape the emotional challenges of hospitalization.
The ride from Nashville to Sewanee, which we now call the “Lucy 115”, began in 2013 as a group ride of mostly Sewanee alumni, with a goal to eventually become a fundraiser. Tragically, the cause has presented itself, and we home to use our event to bring about a little good from it.
Last year’s ride could not have been better. The weather conditions were perfect, with cool temperatures and winds at our backs for the majority of the ride. We had a SAG (support and gear) wagon with us this year, which carried a good supply of food, and even a police escort through Tullahoma, the last town before climbing The Mountain. At the finish line, we were greeted by our friends and family, all looking forward to continuing their celebration of our arrival.
This year’s ride will be on Saturday, April 27, 2019, the day before Lucy would have turned three. Our hope is that we can honor Lucy by creating this space at Le Bonheur where children are comfortable and families feel confident in the care their loved ones will receive. We are asking the same as last year, which is $1 per mile (115 Miles) from each rider. We hope that you can join us for some of the ride, or at Shenanigan's afterwards. If you have any questions about riding with us, or anything at all, please do not hesitate to ask me: JudsonWilliford@gmail.com.
Thank you for everything.