Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Tampa Bay Lighting official has personal stake in Relay for Life

The Facebook page for Keith Harris' mom is largely void of photos.

You won't see her traveling with friends to Africa or Europe, or making her annual visit to Jamaica to teach strangers about breast self-examinations. Why? Because she got cancer just after she started her Facebook page and now can't post photos.

"So now you get an annoying post from me every day leading up to Friday's Relay for Life event because I'm helpless to help her. It's my therapy," Harris, the vice president of human relations for the Tampa Bay Lightning, told his Facebook friends. "I fight because she's still fighting."

For Harris, months of fundraisers and planning conclude with the East Tampa Relay For Life at 6 p.m. Friday at Middleton High School. Contact Harris ([email protected]) if you want to help him and his wife, Monica, who lost her father to cancer …

Seen on a bumper sticker (at Academy Prep Tampa): Speak Your Mind, Even If Your Voice Shakes. By the way, when Academy Prep kids speak, their voices rarely shake …

Football great Emmitt Smith kind of comes full-circle when he keynotes the Doing the Most Good annual dinner Wednesday at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park. Smith launched his career playing football in a Salvation Army Mighty Mite league at the age of 8. The Salvation Army is the group behind the event. SalvationArmyClearwater.org …

To be honest, I brought my two college-aged sons to help judge Saturday's Mayor's Mac & Cheese Throwdown in downtown Tampa because sampling 25 entries seemed daunting and it was cheaper than feeding them. To my surprise, I've never seen them take something so seriously.

They know far more about food texture than I realized.

That's all I'm saying.

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