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Getting Muddy for St. Jude's

Neese District employees Mayra Velez, bi-lingual customer service representative and Lisa Fortson, customer service representative wade through the chest-high mud obstacle at the 2014 Warrior Dash

As they jumped over fire pits, waded through huge mud holes and faced many more challenging obstacles, a group of Neese District employees and family members took part in the Blue Ridge Camp, Mountain City, Georgia leg of the Warrior Dash - all to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® .

Participant Darren Bradberry, journeyman lineman, decided to organize a team and asked co-workers if they’d like to participate. “Spontaneously, we said, ‘Sure, we’ll do it’,” said Lisa Fortson, customer service representative. “Only later, Mayra Velez (bi-lingual customer service representative) and I learned what we’d agreed to. Participants conquer obstacles, leap fire, climb walls and crawl through the mud at the Dash, but the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® fight the real battles.”

The Warrior Dash is the ultimate event for thrill-seeking athletes who also want to support worthwhile causes. This 5k race, 3.2 mile course, is held on the most demanding and unique terrains in multiple locations around the world.

In addition to testing fitness levels while having fun with family and friends, Warrior Dash participants raised funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases.

Once the intense course is complete, Warriors (participants) celebrate their feat with their teammates, thousands of new fellow warriors and mud, from head to toe.

Neese District employees and family members who participated in 2014 Warrior Dash event were Tommy Minish, journeyman lineman, and wife Kori; Mayra Velez, bi-lingual customer service representative, brother Edgar and family friend Brenda Morales; Lisa Fortson, customer service representative; Troy Colley, journeyman lineman and son-in-law Cody Youngblood; Ken Gordon, service representative; Brian Smith, staking technician; Dwayne Dickerson, journeyman lineman, and daughter Alexa; Darren Bradberry, journeyman lineman and wife Donna; and David Holloway, line foreman. Corporate employees Christy Queen, marketing resource specialist, and Barbara Gooch, contact center representative, also participated.

To learn more about becoming a St. Jude Warrior, visit www.WarriorDash.com.