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Dear Friends of NF Tennessee,


We hope you are staying safe, figuring out how to enjoy the holidays, and looking forward to 2021 with new hope and optimism.


The last few months have been really exciting for NF Tennessee. The MightyCause campaign organized by Elizabeth Wright in September generated a lot of interest and support, with 32 donors contributing to a total of over $5,000 for the NF Tennessee Laptop Giveaway Program. This will definitely expand the program for 2021. The interest was so strong that an additional $5,000 grant was awarded to NF Tennessee by the Gannett Foundation.


Another community building program that has just gotten underway, in collaboration with the artist Rachel Mindrup whose Many Faces of NF portraits have been so engaging and illuminating for the NF cause (see, is the building of a portrait gallery of individuals from the Tennessee Valley region. So far four people have had portraits done, and we are looking for many more. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about NF in our communities and it also serves as a fund raising activity by encouraging a donation to the NF charity of their choice.


Looking ahead there are lots of things coming up for the NF community in 2021:

  • New editions of the NF Tennessee Newsletter and Kids page

  • Teachers’ Resources for our NF kids

  • Participation in the Neurofibromatosis Network Advocacy Program

  • Acceptance of new applications for the NF Tennessee Laptop Giveaway Program (coordinated by Elizabeth Wright)

  • NF Camp scholarships (coordinated by Pennie Brooks)

  • NF Tennessee Picnic

  • CTF NF Zoo day (coordinated by Nancy Carver)

  • The fourth Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center NF Patient and Family Symposium

Please join NF Tennessee on our website (, and follow us on Facebook at NFTenn. If you have an idea for a new program or know of a need that we can help with, please send in those ideas.


Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year!


Paul Moots, for NF Tennessee

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NF Tennessee Receives $5,000 “A Community Thrives” Grant From USA TODAY NETWORK and The Gannett Foundation

NF Tennessee will receive A Community Thrives grant for $5,000 for its NF Tennessee Laptop Giveaway Program.

December 10, 2020, Nashville, Tennessee – NF Tennessee was announced a grant recipient of A Community Thrives, a grant-making and crowd-funding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK and a part of the Gannett Foundation, today. NF Tennessee will receive a $5,000 A Community Thrives local grant for its NF Tennessee Laptop Giveaway Program.

A Community Thrives supports non-profit organizations with projects focused on community building and has helped to contribute more than $12 million since 2017. This year, A Community Thrives engaged participants in 45 states. NF Tennessee was named one of the winners in the Tier 1 category.

The mission of NF Tennessee is to create a community for patients and families with NF through support, education, and advocacy. The A Community Thrives grant will support their NF Tennessee Laptop Giveaway Program.


Statement from NF Tennessee: "We have all seen during the current pandemic that remote learning and remote work are successful and at times critical to the functioning of the workplace, educational institutions, and the society at large.  Providing laptops to those who cannot afford them and who may be otherwise marginalized due to disability opens a world of possibilities for integration into their communities. We are thrilled that - with the A Community Thrives grant provided by USA TODAY NETWORK and The Gannett Foundation, as well as the funds we raised through the A Community Thrives Fundraiser - we will be able to provide 10 laptops in 2021 to members of the NF Community.

“We are proud of the work NF Tennessee has done to enhance the NF Community in Tennessee. At Gannett, we take pride in supporting the organizations that make a positive impact in their communities. Through A Community Thrives, we lend financial support to that purpose as well as rally the whole community to champion a good and meaningful cause,” said CEO and Chairman Mike Reed.


About A Community Thrives

A Community Thrives is a grantmaking and crowd-funding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK and is part of the Gannett Foundation. A Community Thrives supports non-profit organizations with projects focused on community building and has helped to contribute more than $12 million since 2017.



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