Natalie Payne, a fifth grader at White Plains Elementary, recently received a surprise when she was awarded the 2015 Carrie Elmore Award.
Payne was diagnosed with brain cancer in early spring of 2014.
This award, which is much like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, allows Natalie and her family a day of no worries — no doctors’ appointments, chemo or radiation.
“It is all about Natalie and what she wants to do, her wish was to go see the dolphins.” said Melissa White, liaison for the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation which sponsors the award.
Payne and her family will get the opportunity to go on the dolphin eco-tour in Charleston, South Carolina, and spend a few days relaxing by the ocean and watch for schools of dolphin.
Scott and her family presented Payne with a beach bag full of goodies such as snacks, a stuffed dolphin, and a swimsuit among other things to make her trip more enjoyable.
Scott is a part of a five-person committee that goes through applications submitted and votes on which application they felt would best benefit from the award.
The Carrie Elmore Award was established through the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation as a senior exit project in 2011 by Courtney Scott. She started the award in honor of her cousin, Carrie Elmore. At the time, Carrie attended Mountain Park Elementary and suffered from Ewing Sarcoma. Scott and her family plan to continue awarding the Carrie Elmore Award annually in the Surry County Schools.
To donate to the Carrie Elmore Award, send contributions payable to Surry County Schools Educational Foundation, c/o The Carrie Elmore Award, PO Box 364, Dobson, NC 27017.
Eva Queen can be reached at (336) 415-4739 or [email protected]