Meet the Guthrie Family

 Ashley Guthrie: A Unique Perspective

 

Chattanooga’s Ashley Guthrie has a most unique perspective on the benefits of the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer and the importance of the ongoing “FIVE for TEN” fundraising campaign. That perspective has come for having a front-row seat, so to speak. Two of those seats, actually.

 

Ashley is a nurse practitioner, meaning that even before perspective there was an inherent appreciation for the good works of the Foundation, especially in the community where she works and lives – also the home of the Foundation.

 

She became involved with the Foundation in recent years as an enthusiastic volunteer, working on the annual “Celebration of Life and Hope” fundraising event that has become a Chattanooga highlight and showcase for the Foundation. Yearly, the event brings together both current and future supporters to renew commitments – both financial and emotional – to the AHF mission to eradicate the effects of pediatric cancer.

 

In 2015, Ashley Guthrie the volunteer became Chairwoman Ashley Guthrie, heading the Celebration of Life and Hope committee. Not long afterward, her young son Davis was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Ashley suddenly went from being an advocate of the Austin Hatcher Foundation to also being a beneficiary, with Davis and the Guthrie Family members involved in the foundation’s programs that provide valuable services to young cancer patients, their parents and siblings.

 

Davis is scheduled to receive treatments through August 2018; the foundation is there for Davis and his family now – and will continue to be, forever. That started with the boy’s first visit to the hospital.

 

“When we found out about Davis’ diagnosis, it was very comforting to be able to see the faces of Foundation staff members during our first experience in the hospital,” Ashley said. “Foundation President Amy Jo Osborn also came in and was just so helpful.”

 

In the aftermath of the diagnosis, Davis has made a number of visits to the Foundation’s facility where the atmosphere, Ashley said, “is so comforting, peaceful, faithful … it’s family-friendly and kid-friendly. It’s so comforting to know that no matter what happens they will be there by your side when there are bumps in the road.”

 

Ashley’s perspective obviously allows her a very special understanding of the importance of the FIVE for TEN campaign. She is someone who knows both sides of the Foundation’s fight to save young lives – and then enrich those lives. In that vein, she has much in common with the Foundation’s founders and leaders, Amy Jo and her husband, Foundation Chairman Jim Osborn. In the early part of the 2000s the Osborns did volunteer work for causes fighting cancer. In 2006 their infant son Austin Hatcher Osborn died due to an especially aggressive form of the disease. That tragedy was a catalyst in the Osborns starting the Foundation.

 

“I know what the Austin Hatcher Foundation’s purpose is, in terms of its hopes and goals,” Ashley said. “Amy Jo and Jim have a true long-term vision for the potential of the Foundation.”

 

Starting in 2017, Guthrie’s perspective will have a third tier, as she will become a member of the Foundation’s board of directors.

 

“I’m excited for the Foundation, she said. “The Osborns’ vision is truly a blessing in our community. It is so reassuring to know that we have this Foundation that is advocating and researching to improve the quality of life for children and their families.”