he Iroquois Steeplechase, Nashville’s premier annual sporting event, today announced its 2019 youth honorees: Child Ambassador Jack Fancey and Featured Artist Mimi Fuller will represent Middle Tennessee children as well as the event’s spirit of positivity and triumph at this year’s Steeplechase, sponsored by Bank of America and benefiting Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, on Saturday, May 11.
Healing Through Horsemanship
Jack Fancey, a sixth-grader at Alamo City School in Alamo, TN, is a lifelong lover of horses, but his experiences with Children’s Hospital are more recent. A doctor’s visit two years ago led to Jack’s first visit to Children’s Hospital and subsequent diagnoses of Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.
This dramatic series of events was made better by the team at Children’s Hospital, said Jack’s mother, Jenni Fancey: “This could have been a scary situation, but everyone we met was fantastic. The nurses and physicians were so helpful and patient with our family as we learned more about Jack’s diagnosis and how we would best help Jack.”
In addition to support from Jack’s team at Children’s Hospital, including Kristin Meyertholen Favela, MD, Jennifer C.Kelley, MD, MSCE, and Dedrick E. Moulton, MD, Jack draws strength from his love of horses. He has shown his own horse, Mikey, in 4-H competitions and even included Mikey in his team for Walk for the Cure. “When I was asked to be ambassador, I was super excited because I can teach more people about diabetes and see all of the horses,” said Jack, who hopes to an equine veterinarian one day. “Having diabetes has taught me that true strength comes from the heart, and that I’m stronger than I thought I was.”
Finding Respite in Art
For Mimi Fuller, an active eighth-grader at Franklin Road Academy, art is a relaxing creative outlet and a departure from her full schedule of tennis, soccer, cheerleading and lacrosse. A painter from the age of five, Fuller’s earliest memories are of visiting the Frist Art Museum with her grandfather. Her winning entry in this year’s Steeplechase Youth Art contest was a project for her art class at FRA, taught by Ms. Thorton.
“I’m drawn to art because I love anything with vibrant colors,” said Fuller, who loves painting “fun and bright” pieces and especially likes Pablo Picasso. “I hope to be a fashion designer one day, and I draw my inspiration from that.”
Fancey and Fuller will each have the honor of standing at the finish line of a race at this year’s Steeplechase.
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