Braylon Beam was the Grand Marshal for the parade. Surely by now most Lincoln Herald readers are very familiar with Braylon's story. Braylon's battle with cancer has turned into an inspiration for countless others. We've seen him dance on the Ellen Degeneres Show, watched him as an honorary coach with the Panthers and followed his heroics and those of his family as they founded Bring It 4 Braylon, a 501 (c)-3 charity aimed at helping others battling pediatric cancer. It was good to see Braylon with a full head of hair. Keep Pounding, BB!
Richard Kirk, Bill Ward, Eric Tysinger, Jack Glenn and Donny Lowrimore with Bill's #1 Cubs Fan car.
Wayne Howard Reporter
Stanley held its annual Christmas Parade on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 14th). Braylon Beam was the Grand Marshal for the event.
As the holiday draws closer, there are still at least two more parades scheduled in our area. The Hardin community will hold its parade Saturday morning (Dec. 17th). Shelby will have its parade on Sunday.
For Bill Ward, a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, it was like a victory lap in his current hometown (Bill moved to Stanley from Chicago years ago). His Chicago Cubs Ultimate Fan car was in the parade, and Bill said the Cubs finally not only playing in but winning the World Series just has to make this the "best Christmas ever."
Back in early November--before the big fire there, he and Donna went to Gatlinburg one weekend and Bill told us, "It was awesome! Along with the great couples retreat, we had the chance to stop by the Cubs affiliate (the Smokies) store on the way in. Got some great pics, a new Cubs flag, some packs of minor league baseball cards with several of the now major league Cubbies stars (Schwarber, Edwards, Amora). I put my Cubs car hood cover on and wore my Cubs shirt. On that Saturday Donna and I were hanging with another couple, friends of ours, and went into Gatlinburg. He has a bum knee so we dropped the ladies off and cruised the strip up and back a couple times. It was almost hilarious, all the cheering, 'Go Cubs!'--people honking horns and even taking pics of the car."
It's understandable that Bill considered this year's Stanley Christmas Parade his own World Series Victory Parade. Santa still has lots of stops to make, but one of Bill's Christmas wishes has already been fulfilled.
In addition to the Hardin parade this Saturday at 11 AM, Santa will be making a visit to the Alexis Fire District as he has for several years, riding atop one of the fire trucks around the district beginning at about 9:30 Saturday morning.
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