Allie’s Air Dance
Allie Allen is a competitor—on her high school dance team and in life.
Just ask her parents Eric and Debbie Allen. For several years, Allie’s mom and dad have been lead volunteers for the Little Loopers program for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The program at the FedEx St. Jude Classic allows the children of St. Jude to serve as honorary caddies during FESJC Pro-Am play. This year at the 57th annual tournament, 15-year-old Allie will proudly be walking in the company of golfers as an honorary caddie herself.
That in itself is remarkable. More than a year ago, the competitive dancer was diagnosed with a form of brain tumor called anaplastic ependymoma. Her parents were understandably shaken by the news, and suddenly the longtime St. Jude volunteers had a much more personal connection to the golf tourney and the world-class children’s research hospital.
Fast forward one year, one major surgery and many rounds of radiation therapy and life has changed for the better for the Allens. Allie fought back and is doing well. Her fighting spirit combined with the unmatched care and treatment from St. Jude made a difference in many lives. Allie is also back with her dance team.
Not only will she walk the golf course, but she’ll also be the star at this year’s Purple Eagle event. Allie will unveil her name on a FedEx Cessna Caravan. It will be the third year that a St. Jude patient, who is the son or daughter of a FedEx employee, will have an aircraft dedicated in his or her honor at the FedEx St. Jude Classic tournament.
For years, large FedEx Express freighters have been named after the sons and daughters of company employees. Two years ago at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the plane-naming tradition expanded to include one Caravan on display at the tournament.
It’s only fitting that Allie’s name will adorn this year’s cargo plane. Her father is one of a select breed in a profession that requires enormous skill, bravery and the ability to operate under any stressful condition that might arise.
He’s a proud FedEx Express pilot. But more important, he’s Allie’s proud dad.
On behalf of the more than 300,000 FedEx team members representing all FedEx Corporation companies, we proudly salute Allie and her family. FedEx is privileged to be associated with St. Jude and tips its hat to this world-class research institution for the special care and treatment it provides to children of all ages!