Trevor Jr
Captures the Spirit of SCFT
by Jerome Robinson
Trevor Jr
Captures the Spirit of SCFT
by Jerome Robinson

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This has been a hard year for the SCFT

SCFT stands for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee. But on September 30th something special happened. Not just for the Sickle Cell Community, but for Memphis as a city. The foundation kicked off it’s first 5K without it’s founder Dr. Trevor K. Thompson. Trevor Jr the son of Cherry Whitehead Thompson and Dr. Trevor K. Thompson attended the race for the first time. I put a camera in his hands and gave him a radio so that I could keep up with him. This is just a few of the images and clips this 8 year old captured. This is the story of the MARK WALDEN SICKLE CELL AND THALASSEMIA 5K 2017 seen through the eyes of Trevor Jr

This has been a hard year for the SCFT

SCFT stands for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee. But on September 30th something special happened. Not just for the Sickle Cell Community, but for Memphis as a city. The foundation kicked off it’s first 5K without it’s founder Dr. Trevor K. Thompson. Trevor Jr the son of Cherry Whitehead Thompson and Dr. Trevor K. Thompson attended the race for the first time. I put a camera in his hands and gave him a radio so that I could keep up with him. This is just a few of the images and clips this 8 year old captured. This is the story of the MARK WALDEN SICKLE CELL AND THALASSEMIA 5K 2017 seen through the eyes of Trevor Jr

Young Trevor Thompson Jr. was the shining jewel of the flawless 10th Anniversary event of the Mark Walden Memorial Sickle Cell & Thalassemia 5K. The great parenting of Dr. Trevor K. Thompson and his wife Cherry was on display for all to see. At only eight years old, Trevor Thompson Jr. starts a New Legacy. Trevor had an event radio and you could hear him constantly sharing his excitement with his mom as he found new and more “WOW!” moments at the race. He was everywhere with the JustMyMemphis cameras taking pictures and videos. This young man took more than 900 photos during the race, he was on stage to accept a college scholarship from the board of directors of the Sickle Cell Foundation, and he was at the finish line giving high fives to the racers as they completed their run. Dr. Trevor K. Thompson started the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee with his wife, and on this day, his son displayed the joy and the energy that was passed down to him from his parents.

Cherry and Trevor Jr. took the lead in raising the bar for what it means to be great in Memphis. Cherry stepped into the role of the logistics chair for the race, although she did not do this alone. Joseph Lee III, Micheal A. Jackson, Shelfina Annaye, and Emily Webster worked tirelessly to make this happen.

Their work paid off big time and the 10th Anniversary of the Mark Walden Memorial Sickle Cell & Thalassemia 5K hit all its targets and then some. This year all the numbers were bigger than ever before. The event raised more money, it had more racers, and there were more attendees than ever before. Local 24, the New Tri-State Defender, and JustMyMemphis cranked out stories, videos, articles, and posts to make sure everyone knew about this event and the Brand Squad pitched in to help with PR. The end result was an event that Memphis couldn’t be more proud of. Seeing the people of Memphis coming together to make something amazing happen was truly inspiring. Because of this event, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee will be able to do more for consumers of Sickle Cell throughout our state.

Something Unexpected!
Bernal E Smith II

While editing this video, Bernal E Smith II stepped out from behind the speaker. I didn’t realize we had footage of the late Bernal E Smith II until that moment when he appeared on stage with his fraternity brothers. I had ask Bernal to help promote the 5K and he jumped right in with a big “Of Course!”. But he did more than just promote the event, he came out with his son and did the walk. You can see him in the video exercising and getting ready for the walk. One of the cool memories about this race will be seeing Bernal’s smile at 7:30 in the morning as he walked up and ask how things were going. This is how I will remember him, as the guy that was willing and ready to help the people of Memphis. Seeing him with his youngest son by his side also reminded me about how important it is to always include my little girl with me at these things. You never know when you will not get another chance to be an amazing dad!

I shared this video with Trevor Jr last night and he said I did good! This gave me nothing less than a smile and inspiration. Looking at this event through the eyes of an 8-year-old made something very clear: the team running the Sickle Cell Foundation have done well. They don’t have Trevor there to guide them, and yet here they are a year after Trevor’s death and they just pulled off the most successful race yet for the foundation.

Trevor Jr. could be a very sad kid, but he is not. The foundation could be an organization in grief, but it’s not. The lesson here is simple: move forward and find joy in everything you do. Tomorrow is not promised, so start each day with a #BeAmazing plan for the day. Put on your super hero cape and have a blast! That is the spirit that Trevor Jr captured when I gave him a camera on September 30th at the Mark Walden Sickle Cell and Thalassemia 5K.

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