Our Projects

NASHVILLE, TN – May 15, 2015 – The board of the Lisa Ross Parker Foundation is pleased to announce the following projects and grants that have been made possible with funds raised at the “10th Annual Music City Mardi Gras” held in February 2015.

1. We will be providing a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving high school senior from Adamsville High School (TN) whose immediate family has been touched by cancer. (see below) This is Lisa’s alma mater and it is also the sixth annual scholarship that the Foundation has awarded. We have helped some really deserving kids with a chance at college degree that might not have been able to go otherwise. This scholarship will be given in May of this year.

We also awarded financial grants to the following animal welfare organizations:

3. Metro Animal Care and Control (MACC) in honor of Joe Dubin. Joe has served as the host of our Music City Mardi Gras event the past seven years and he does great work in the community with animal welfare. We’re pleased to honor him and all of his support of our Foundation!

4. Nashville Cat Rescue – (www.nashvillecatrescue.org) Nashville Cat Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing cats and kittens from off the streets and from high-kill shelters and placing them into loving, permanent homes. They have placed over 4,500 formerly abandoned/neglected or facing euthanasia since their inception in October of 2005. They do a fantastic job and we are pleased to support great organizations like this!

5. Pet Community Center – (www.petcommunitycenter.org) They have just opened Nashville’s first low cost spay/neuter clinic in 2014 and are doing a fantastic job in this area. They are making a difference with reducing the number of unwanted animals in our community. We are pleased to support great organizations like Pet Community Center!

6. Pauls Clinic – (www.paulsclinic.com) Located in McMinnville, TN, Pauls is an acronym for Preventing All Unwanted Litters. It is a low cost spay/neuter clinic that serves the following counties in TN: Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Grundy, Van Buren, Warren and White. In the past two years, 2,700 pets have sterilized through Pauls Clinic. Thanks to all of the organizations that do such great work in this area.

7. Lovie’s Legacy – (www.lovieslegacy.com) The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation is excited to give Lovie’s Legacy a grant to help provide medical assistance to five animals through their Veterinary Assistance Program. This program provides small grants to low-income pet owners in Tennessee whose pets are in need of urgent medical care and they have helped hundreds of pets since they started this.

8. Dogs Deserve Better – Dogs Deserve Better is a 501c3 advocacy group for chained and penned dogs. They educate our community, work with local law-makers to change tethering laws, rescue & rehabilitate chained dogs. We are excited to partner with them and support the great work that they do!

9. A Time 4 Paws – (www.atime4paws.org) They are a no-kill nonprofit animal welfare organization based in Crossville, TN with a mission to provide and promote the education and programs necessary to eliminate the killing of homeless dogs and cats and to prevent cruelty to animals. They do wonderful work in their area and we are excited to support their mission.


The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation announces the winners of the
2015 Lisa Ross Parker Memorial Scholarship

The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation would like to congratulate Anderson Lambert and Alli Pettit, the winners of the 2015 Lisa Ross Parker Memorial Scholarship. This is a $2,000 scholarship given annually to a graduating senior whose family (parents, grandparents, siblings) has been affected by cancer. This year, winners will receive $1,000 each towards their college education. Anderson and Alli both graduated from Adamsville (TN) High School, Lisa’s alma mater, in May and will both be attending Jackson State Community College this fall. Anderson plans to major in nursing while Alli will study radiology. In the picture below (L-R) are Anderson, Tommy Ross, Lisa’s father and Alli at Awards Day. Congratulations Anderson and Alli!

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The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation announces the winner of the
2014 Lisa Ross Parker Memorial Scholarship

The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation would like to congratulate Anna Cooper, the winner of the 2014 Lisa Ross Parker Memorial Scholarship. This is a $2,000 scholarship given annually to a graduating senior whose family (parents, grandparents, siblings) has been affected by cancer. Anna graduated from Adamsville (TN) High School, Lisa’s alma mater, in May and is attending University of Tennessee at Martin this fall to major in Science. In the picture below, Anna is receiving her scholarship from Tommy Ross, Lisa’s father, at awards day. Congratulations Anna!

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NASHVILLE, TN – May 22, 2014 – The board of the Lisa Ross Parker Foundation is pleased to announce the following projects and grants that have been made possible with funds raised at the “9th Annual Music City Mardi Gras” held in February 2014.

  1. We have given a grant to the myleosuppression unit at Vanderbilt Medical Center that will allow the department to film and distribute a patient education video on stem cell transplants. This video will be given to all patients and their families that are undergoing this procedure to prepare them for what lies ahead.
  1. We will be providing a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving high school senior from Adamsville High School (TN) whose immediate family has been touched by cancer. This is Lisa’s alma mater and it is also the sixth annual scholarship that the Foundation has awarded. We have helped some really deserving kids with a chance at college degree that might not have been able to go otherwise. This scholarship will be given in May of this year.

We also awarded financial grants to the following animal welfare organizations:

  1. People for Animals – (www.peopleforanimals.net) Founded in 1986, the goal of People for Animals is to enhance pet quality of life and address pet overpopulation by reducing the number of healthy pets euthanized in shelters. With our financial grant, this organization will be able to financially assist 25 spay/neuter surgeries and will prevent hundreds of unwanted cats and dogs from being born. They do a fantastic job and we are very happy to support them!
  1. Nashville Cat Rescue – (www.nashvillecatrescue.org) Nashville Cat Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing cats and kittens from off the streets and from high-kill shelters and placing them into loving, permanent homes. They have placed over 4,500 formerly abandoned/neglected or facing euthanasia since their inception in October of 2005. They do a fantastic job and we are pleased to support great organizations like this!
  1. Pet Community Center – (www.petcommunitycenter.org) They have just opened a new low cost spay/neuter clinic and are doing a fantastic job in this area. We are pleased to support great organizations like Pet Community Center!
  1. Pauls Clinic – (www.paulsclinic.com) Located in McMinnville, TN, Pauls is an acronym for Preventing All Unwanted Litters. It is a low cost spay/neuter clinic that serves the following counties in TN: Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Grundy, Van Buren, Warren and White. In the past two years, 2,700 pets have sterilized through Pauls Clinic. Thanks to all of the organizations that do such great work in this area.

 

 

The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation Announces Scholarship Winner
AHS Senior Mollie Lacey is Selected for 2013

BRENTWOOD, TN – May 20th, 2013 – The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Lisa Ross Parker Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Adamsville High School (TN) and started with the Class of 2007. The $2,000 scholarship goes to a student that has been touched by cancer within their immediate family (parents, siblings, grandparents or legal guardian) and is given out each May.

The winner of the scholarship for 2013 is Mollie Lacey of Adamsville High School. Mollie was very involved with many activities while at AHS and within the Adamsville community. She plans on attending the University of Memphis and majoring in nursing.

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Lisa was a 1986 graduate of Adamsville High School, which is located in West Tennessee (McNairy County).  She was a cheerleader at Adamsville High School, played basketball and also ran track. She was very involved with extracurricular activities in both high school and college.

NASHVILLE, TN – May 20, 2013 – The board of the Lisa Ross Parker Foundation is pleased to announce the following projects and grants that have been made possible with funds raised at the “8th Annual Music City Mardi Gras” held on February 8, 2013.

  1. We have purchased a Schwinn Airdyne exercise bike for the myleosuppression Unit at Vanderbilt. This will help the physician therapists as they work with the patients in rehab. We have also purchased a specialized walker for the floor that allows weaker patients to be mobile with all of their infusion equipment attached. We also provided a financial grant to a patient undergoing treatment to help pay for medical eye care.
  1. We will be providing a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving high school senior from Adamsville High School (TN) whose immediate family has been touched by cancer. This is Lisa’s alma mater and it is also the sixth annual scholarship that the Foundation has awarded. We have helped some really deserving kids with a chance at college degree that might not have been able to go otherwise. This scholarship will be given in May of this year.

We also awarded financial grants to the following animal welfare organizations:

  1. Lovie’s Legacy – In honor of Joe Dubin who served as our MC again for the event. Joe works tirelessly with local animal welfare organizations and we wanted to support his efforts. To date, Lovie’s has helped hundreds of deserving animals suffering from illnesses, broken bones, torture, and other painful conditions. They also run a creature care program in elementary schools that’s been adopted by Metro Schools in Davidson County. They do a wonderful job in the community!
  1. Sumner Spay and Neuter Alliance – This organization is providing low-cost spay/neuter. They have a specialty vet that does only those types of operations and they are taking care of SO many animals. They do a fantastic job with their high volume and low cost service.
  1. East C.A.N. – This a rescue organization based in East Nashville. They are doing a great job fostering and placing animals. As part of their mission, they seek to educate the public on issues of animal welfare and responsible pet ownership while also helping reunite lost pets with their families.
  1. Pet Community Center – This organization focuses primarily on spay/neuter. They trap and transport to spay/neuter clinics and are making a big dent in the feral colonies in Nashville with their “Feline Fix” program.
  1. New Leash on Life – They are doing great things with their “Fix for Life” spay/neuter program offered to rescue groups, shelters and the general public. To date, they have performed over 15,900 surgeries.

THE LISA ROSS PARKER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANT AWARDS FROM FUNDRAISER

BRENTWOOD, TN – March 25, 2012 – The board of the Lisa Ross Parker Foundation met on March 15, 2012 to distribute a portion of the funds raised from the “Seventh Annual Music City Mardi Gras” event (held in February) and we gave out over $15,000 that night. As a reminder, the Lisa Ross Parker Foundation spent 78% of money raised on mission related expenses this past fiscal year and without the continued support of our friends, none of this would be possible. Here’s where the money from the event is going:

  1. We have purchased 23 personal utility tables for the Stem Cell Clinic at Vanderbilt Hospital. This is a day hospital for patients undergoing stem cell transplants and/or other infusions. Because of the medical advances in the past few years, these patients are able to go home at night. They have 23 rooms in their clinic and patients (and their families) are there all day. These tables will give patients in each room a place to put personal belongings (books, computers, food, etc.) bedside while they are undergoing treatment.
  1. We will be providing a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving high school senior from Adamsville High School (TN) whose immediate family has been touched by cancer. This is Lisa’s alma mater and it is also the fifth annual scholarship that the Foundation has awarded. We have helped some really deserving kids with a chance at college degree that might not have been able to go otherwise. This scholarship will be given in May of this year.

We also awarded financial grants to the following animal welfare organizations:

  1. Metro Animal Care and Control – In honor of Joe Dubin who served as our MC for the event. Joe works tirelessly for Metro and we wanted to support his efforts.
  1. Lovie’s Legacy – To create a Lisa Ross Parker angel fund to pay vet bills for sick and injured animals. To date, they have helped hundreds of deserving animals suffering from illnesses, broken bones, torture, and other painful conditions. They also run a creature care program in elementary schools that’s been adopted by Metro Schools in Davidson County. They do a wonderful job in the community!
  1. Almost Home Animal Rescue – To help pay vet bills for rescued large breed dogs and horses. They are one of the only equine/farm animal rescues in the state and do a great job.
  1. Agape Animal Rescue – To help pay for emergency medical expenses for 17 dogs that they took in after “Operation Sweetheart” where 98 dogs were rescued in Kentucky during a horrible abuse/neglect bust of a puppy mill. They are a great animal welfare organization.
  1. Bonaparte’s Retreat – To help with costs of their fostered animals. Emmylou Harris created Bonaparte’s Retreat to rescue dogs that were unadoptable from Nashville Humane Association and it has evolved into rescuing dogs who have run out of time at Metro Animal Care and Control. Bonaparte’s Retreat is dedicated to providing nurturing foster care for shelter dogs when their allotted time at the shelter has elapsed and to prevent these wonderful animals from being euthanized.
  1. Doodlebug Manor – To help with upgrades to their building and fencing to help better protect their rescued cats and kittens. They are a cat/kitten rescue in the area and provide a much needed resource to the community.
  1. Pet Community Center – To help provide low-cost spay-neuter services to people with financial needs and also support their trap neuter-return for feral cats. They are a newer organization and have already made a considerable impact.
  1. Hopes Haven – To help with their spay/neuter/heartworm prevention/vaccination/flea and tick prevention program for every animal that is adopted from their rescue. They do a fantastic job with rescued animals and provide a much needed service!
  1. Nashville Cat Rescue – To help with the veterinary fees with the over 500 cats that they rescue each year. They specialize in taking in special needs cats, cruelty cases and assist in hoarding and neglect situations whenever possible.

The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation purchases DVD Players for the patients’ rooms on the Myleosuppression Unit at Vanderbilt Hospital.

The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation is pleased to announce the purchase of DVD/VCR combination players for patient rooms on the Myelosuppression Unit at Vanderbilt Hospital. These DVD/VCR players should help make the patients’ extended stay in the hospital more manageable. The Foundation continues to donate DVD’s to the family room for patient and family use. The Foundation also had a DVD drive and collected over 100 DVD movies for the floor.

This unit is for patients who are being treated for blood related cancers and are usually in the hospital 4-6 weeks at a time. The Foundation continues to support these patients and their families while they undergo treatment.


The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation Announces Scholarship Winner AHS Senior

Latisha Jones is Selected for 2011

BRENTWOOD, TN – May 11th, 2011 – The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the 2011 Lisa Ross Parker Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Adamsville High School (TN) and started with the Class of 2007. The $2,000 scholarship goes to a student that has been touched by cancer within their immediate family (parents, siblings, grandparents or legal guardian) and is given out each May.

The winner of the scholarship for 2011 is Latisha Jones of Adamsville High School. Latisha was very involved with many activities at while at AHS and within the Adamsville community.  She plans on attending Middle Tennessee State University and majoring in chemistry/radiation therapy.

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Lisa Ross Parker Memorial Scholarship from Lisa’s father, Tommy Ross at Awards Day

 


 

The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation Announces Scholarship Winner

AHS Senior Bethany Martin is Selected for 2010

BRENTWOOD, TN – May 16th, 2010 – The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the 2010 Lisa Ross Parker Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Adamsville High School (TN) and started with the Class of 2007. The $2,000 scholarship goes to a student that has been touched by cancer within their immediate family (parents, siblings, grandparents or legal guardian) and is given out each May.

Lisa was a 1986 graduate of Adamsville High School, which is located in West Tennessee (McNairy County). She was a cheerleader at Adamsville High School, played basketball and also ran track. She was very involved with extracurricular activities in both high school and college.

The winner of the scholarship for 2010 is Bethany Martin of Adamsville High School. Bethany was very involved with many activities at Adamsville High School and finished 12th in her class with a GPA is 3.86. She plans on attending University of Tennessee at Martin and wants to major in nursing.

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The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation Announces Scholarship Winner: AHS Senior Isaac Hernandez is Selected for 2009

BRENTWOOD, TN – May 20th, 2009 – The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the 2009 Lisa Ross Parker Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Adamsville High School (TN) and with the Class of 2007. The $2,000 scholarship goes to a student that has been touched by cancer within their immediate family (parents, siblings, grandparents or legal guardian) and is given out each May.

Lisa was a 1986 graduate of Adamsville High School, which is located in West Tennessee (McNairy County).  She was a cheerleader at Adamsville High School, played basketball and also ran track. She was very involved with extracurricular activities in both high school and college.

The winner of the scholarship for 2009 is Isaac Hernandez of Adamsville High School. Isaac was very involved with the high school band program at Adamsville.  He is also a very active member of his church. He plans on attending University of Tennessee at Martin and wants to major in pre-medicine.

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The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation Announces Scholarship Winner John Damron

BRENTWOOD, TN – May 15th, 2008 – The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the 2008 Lisa Ross Parker Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Adamsville High School (TN) and started last year with the Class of 2007. The $2,000 scholarship goes to a student that has been touched by cancer within their immediate family (parents, siblings, grandparents or legal guardian) and is given out each May.

Lisa was a 1986 graduate of Adamsville High School, which is located in West Tennessee (McNairy County). She was a cheerleader at Adamsville High School, played basketball and also ran track. She was very involved with extracurricular activities in both high school and college.

The winner of the scholarship for 2008 is Jonathon Damron of Adamsville High School. Jonathon was involved with high school sports, 4-H and was also on the Jr. High and Sr. High honor rolls. He is also a very active member of his church. He plans on attending Austin Peay State University and wants to major in psychology.


 

The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation purchases CD Clock Radios for the patients’ rooms on the Myleosuppression Unit at Vanderbilt Hospital.

The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation is pleased to announce the purchase of CD Clock Radios for each of the 27 patient rooms and the family room on the Myelosuppression Unit at Vanderbilt Hospital. These CD players should help make the patients’ extended stay in the hospital more manageable. The Foundation continues to donate CD’s to the family room for patient and family use.

This unit is for patients who are being treated for blood related cancers and are usually in the hospital 4-6 weeks at a time. The Foundation continues to support these patients and their families while they undergo treatment.

 


 

The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation announces gifts to the family room on the Myleosuppression Unit at Vanderbilt Hospital

NASHVILLE, TN – June 16, 2007-The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation is pleased to announce the purchase of many new items for the Family Room on the Myelosuppression Unit at Vanderbilt Hospital . The Foundation has placed a new refrigerator, a new flat screen TV, a new microwave, a new toaster oven and new bookcases for the use of families that are staying with patients on the floor. This unit is for patients who are being treated for blood related cancers and are usually in the hospital 4-6 weeks at a time. The Foundation continues to support these patients and their families while they undergo treatment.

The Healing Touch

Once a month the foundation provides chair massages for the patients, patients families, and any staff member working on 11 North. For 3 hours on Saturday April 9th all 3 chairs were occupied. One patient commented on how nice it was,

“you don’t realize how important touch is, of all the meds, this felt the best!”

Thank you to our volunteers: Anje Dowler, Amanda Tidmore, & Tess Hassencahl

Myleosuppression Unit:

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Some of the new appliances, including a flat screen TV, that were placed in the family room.

Hospital Survival Packs:

Terri Clark shows patient James Leason some of the goodies in the Hospital Survival Pack.

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The Healing Touch:

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LRP Foundation volunteers provide chair massages to patients


First LRP Grant Check Presented to Tommy Meek

Tommy Ross, Lisa’s father, presented the first grant check from the foundation to Mr. Tommy Meek, for his daughter Melissa Ernest, on behalf of the Lisa Ross Parker Foundation. Melissa, a 16-year-old, had been undergoing treatment for leukemia at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. Our mission and purpose is to provide support to families having to deal with a cancer diagnosis and with the help of our very generous donors, we are able to provide assistance to families that are battling this disease.

Into the Future

We are currently working to ease the burden of families of cancer patients who require an extended stay at the hospital for treatment. A hospital stay is stressful enough for families without expenses incurred outside of treatment; whether it’s paying for gas to commute between home and the hospital, eating out, or finding affordable lodging. Your contribution will help us provide leukemia and other blood-related cancer patients with a “Hospital Survival Pack” stocked with pre-paid phone cards, pre-paid gas cards, vouchers for local restaurants, coupons for discounted lodging, books, magazines, and other items to help families in their time of need.

We plan to continue developing projects that assist blood-related cancer patients and their loved ones for as long as blood-related cancer continues to affect people’s lives. If you have suggestions for additional projects to assist these people in need, please let us know by emailing us at suggestions@lrpfoundation.org.


The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation Announces New Scholarship for Adamsville High School Students: AHS Senior Jessica Hall is Selected for 2006

BRENTWOOD, TN – June 4th , 2007 – The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation is pleased to announce the formation of the Lisa Ross Parker Memorial Scholarship to be awarded to a graduating senior from Adamsville High School (TN), starting with the Class of 2007. The $1,000 annual scholarship will go to a student that has been touched by cancer within their immediate family (parents, siblings, grandparents or legal guardian) and will be given out each May.

Lisa was a 1986 graduate of Adamsville High School, which is located in West Tennessee (McNairy County). She was a cheerleader at Adamsville High School, played basketball and also ran track. She was very involved with extracurricular activities in both high school and college.

The winner of the scholarship for 2006 is Jessica Hall of Adamsville High School. Jessica was a cheerleader at AHS and was also elected Miss AHS her senior year. She has been very involved with school and community activities and will be attending either Middle Tennessee State University or University of Tnnessee at Martin. Jessica intends to major in elementary education.


Hospital Survival Packs

NASHVILLE, TN – April 7, 2005 – The Lisa Ross Parker Foundation [the Foundation], carried out one of it’s first big initiatives last Tuesday, March 29. Members of the Foundation and Terri Clark, country star and personal Ross family friend, spent the afternoon at the Vanderbilt Hospital’s Leukemia & Lymphoma wing delivering “Hospital Survival Packs” to the patients and their families. Earlier in the day the Foundation provided a hot lunch for the entire wing (patients, families, nurses, doctors).

“Thank you for the survival pack! It is well thought out.”
-Vanderbilt patient

Included in the hospital survival packs were maps of and Nashville, coupon books for food and lodging, books, games, pens, snacks, etc. A few items to ease just a few of the burdens of the family members caring for the hospital bound patients – some of whom live outside of the Nashville area and don’t have immediate access to every day conveniences.