Monthly Archives: September 2011

Cathy Mayfield Speaks to ABC’s News at Sunrise

Cathy Mayfield spent a few minutes with Abbey Phillips of ABC’s News at Sunrise sharing details about the Run For Lawson.

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Two Years Gone…

Two years have gone by so fast and so slow at the same time. We miss Lawson terribly, but are touched to be able to honor her with the Run For Lawson. Everyone’s support and compassion has been overwhelming and continues to give the family and friends strength. We look forward to raising awareness of this disease and hope to make an impact on the future lives of young adults. Looking forward to seeing the run come to life on Saturday, Oct. 8th.

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Inaugural Benefit Run in Honor of Tallahassee Teen and Meningitis Victim

New Local Foundation to Hold Inaugural Benefit Run in Honor of Tallahassee Teen and Meningitis Victim

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – September 1, 2011 – In September 2009, local teen Lawson Mayfield’s life was cut short unexpectedly after she contracted bacterial meningitis. In her honor, her parents Emory and Cathy Mayfield have established a new foundation – The Lawson Mayfield Memorial Foundation that aims to increase awareness about both the dangers and prevention of bacterial meningitis by benefiting the National Meningitis Association. The first fundraising event for the foundation, Run For Lawson, a 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 on the campus of Holy Comforter Episcopal School and Welaunee Plantation grounds. The 1 mile event will begin at 8 a.m., with the 5k following at 8:30.

“Lawson simply loved life,” said her mother Cathy Mayfield. “She had an insatiable curiosity to experience everything. By creating this foundation, we hope to spread the word about the availability of the safe meningitis vaccine, ensuring that others fulfill their dreams as a testament to her memory.”

A lifelong Tallahassee resident, student, daughter, sister, aunt, niece and accomplished equestrian, Lawson made an indelible mark on everyone who crossed her path, and her sudden passing sent shockwaves through her family, friends and the entire community.
“We are honored by the outpouring of support we have already received from those who knew and loved Lawson,” said her father Emory Mayfield. “She was such a giving person, even serving as an organ donor to benefit people she had never met. Lawson was able to save or improve at least seven lives with her decision to be an organ donor.”

“Through the Run For Lawson, we want to both celebrate her life and give the gift of knowledge to other parents and young people,” said Cathy Mayfield.

The 5k and 1 mile Run/Walk is open to the public and to participants of all skill levels. It will take place on an unspoiled cross country course through pristine greenery on the grounds of Holy Comforter Episcopal School and Welaunee Plantation. This is a new course for area runners to experience. The registration fee is $15 per runner/walker on or before October 5 and $25 after October 5. Proceeds from the event will benefit the National Meningitis Association.

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