UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Magazine Winter 2018 2018 Volume XXXIII Number 3 - Page 25

Lucy and Ruby’s Brainy Day Back in May 2013, Lucy and Ruby Harris held a lemonade-and- cookie stand to raise money for UAB, “daddy’s hospital,” the hospital that cared for their dad. Scott Harris, the little girls’ dad, suffered from glioblastoma brain cancer. When their dad passed away in November 2013, it made Lucy and Ruby want to help other families. Lucy and Ruby’s lemonade stand raised $3,000, and that’s when Lucy and Ruby’s Brainy Day, a community event, was born. The events have raised more than $55,000 for brain cancer research and patient support services at UAB and Children’s of Alabama. In May 2017, the girls’ held several events throughout the month at different ice cream and frozen yogurt shops around Birmingham. The idea was to give more people the opportunity to participate. What started out as just a lemonade stand is now a fundraising event every May. “To me, these events are more about brain cancer awareness than about actually raising money,” says Lisa Harris, Lucy and Ruby’s mom and a member of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Advisory Board. “It’s really important for people to know that even with small contributions that they can make an impact.” Most importantly for Lucy and Ruby, it keeps alive the memory of their dad. Leon Edwards provides funds for specialized equipment Leon Edwards of Edwards Chevrolet has donated $100,000 toward the purchase of a High Resolution Orbitrap Mass Spectrometer for the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Mass Spectrometry/Proteometrics (MSP) Shared Facility. Mr. Edwards donated this lead gift to James Mobley, Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB Department of Surgery, in memory of his son, Sterling Edwards, who had a fatal aneurysm. The Mass Spectrometer instrument will aid in a better understanding of cancer biology, early identification of biomarkers of disease, and improving identification of new and better drug targets. Mr. Edwards continues to support the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and we are appreciative of his generosity. Pictured, L to R: Dr. James Mobley, Leon Edwards and Lee Edwards. # K N O W U A B C C C • U A B . E D U / C A N C E R 23