Sun day, fun day for Nashville-area cancer survivors

You know those random acts of kindness that just make you go "AWWWW" and tear up a little bit? Well, folks, we had one right here in Nashville.  A local Cadillac dealership out of  Pembroke

You know those random acts of kindness that just make you go “AWWWW” and tear up a little bit? Well, folks, we had one right here in Nashville.  A local Cadillac dealership out of  Pembroke Pines, FL, offered up 10 tickets to Nashville Shores, an outdoor paradise and water playground for families.   Tickets included access to the water park and a catered meal.  The Women Survivors Alliance was contacted about locating ten survivors who might want a day of fun in the sun, and we had no trouble finding some takers!

Vera Cadillac Buick GMC owner Luis Vera wanted to do something to celebrate his anniversary of being cancer-free and made this generous donation to 10 local cancer survivors as part of  the 2016 Saturn Reunion, an event they co-sponsored at Nashville Shores. Each person also received a gift bag from Kennon Calhoun, a corporate sponsor of the event.   John Calhoun, principal of Kennon Calhoun Workshop, supplied bags for the cancer survivors and said he hopes that they all enjoyed a family-fun filled day.Nashville Shores Picture

What a wonderful way to celebrate being cancer-free and to give cancer survivors an opportunity to enjoy a day of fun.  Kudos to Mr. Vera and to Kennon Calhoun for making this possible!

Perhaps this will challenge our NFD readers to “pay it forward” and participate in your own random act of kindness.   There is nothing like the feeling you get when doing something for others!

Oh – and if you are in the market for a new vehicle, please reach out to Mr. Vera! I am sure he would love the opportunity to do business with you! And if you are interested in more information about Kennon Calhoun Workshop, just give us a shout.


Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease.

Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.

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