By Nick Duvall, Director of Resource Development
Board member Jamar Cobb-Denard began his work with Little Red Door with a pie. He baked and sold more than 100 pies and donated the proceeds to the agency. After having watched a family member die from cancer, he wanted to become more involved with the agency and became a member of the Board of Directors in 2011.
“Seeing people suffer through this disease and not have all of the resources to help themselves breaks my heart,” he said. “This gives me passion to serve the Little Red Door. The Little Red Door community is fantastic. I have never met so many talented, refreshing, smart, and committed people. My professional and personal life has been enhanced by my experience with the LRD, and this has been an awesome way to give back.”
Jamar has chaired the Big Red Bash throughout the event’s history and he has overseen its growth from a Zumba-focused health fair in Military Park to a three-fitness class extravaganza held in Lucas Oil Stadium.
“Wellness and fitness are the best ways to prevent cancer, and the Big Red Bash spreads that message to hundreds of thousands of people in our community,” he said. “I love hearing stories every year about people who came to the Bash, learned or tried something new, and changed their habits toward a healthier lifestyle as a result.”
When he’s not volunteering with the Little Red Door, Jamar is a Sales Recruiter at Hire Sales, a firm that helps small and medium businesses find the right salesperson fast. He is also a proud father of 3 year-old Cecelia and enjoys attending church and playing the piano and organ in his spare time.
Jamar’s involvement with the LRD has impacted so many lives. Without gifts and donations like Jamar’s we could not offer rides to chemotherapy, wigs for ladies struggling with hair loss due to treatment, or help individuals find resources they desperately need.