By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Four Lee County women were honored for their spirit in doing extraordinary things.
The Spirit of Women awards are chosen annually by North Mississippi Medical Center from community nominations.
Addy Maxcy, a Tupelo High School senior, was honored with the Young Person, Role Model Award for her work with special-needs students at Tupelo High School. She secured the donation of a Wii to enhance PE class and made arrangements for the special-needs students to go to prom.
“We were in gym one day and I decided to step out of my comfort zone and go play basketball with them,” said Maxcy, who will study education at the University of Mississippi this fall.
Keri McMillin of Shannon was named the Community Hero. Among her many volunteer efforts are Mission Motherhood, which she created to help families who have experienced the loss of a stillborn childhood or the birth of a very premature baby. She also is spearheading an effort to create a place for families of children in the neonatal intensive care to stay.
“We are in the very early stages,” McMillin said.
Dr. Rhodemarie Maron and her assistant, Elise McMasters, were named Healthcare Heroes. In addition to caring for patients with neurological issues, Maron and McMasters started the Hope Steps Forward 5K run to promote awareness and raise funds to help support brain tumor patients.
It’s been rewarding to see brain tumor patients connect with each other, McMasters said.
“They’ve been given hope,” she said.