March 20, 2009
Tennessee General Assembly honors Hannah Lawson for work
with “Army Angels”
(NASHVILLE, TN), March 19, 2009 — The Tennessee General Assembly honored Hannah Lawson on Thursday, as State Senators gave the young Lenoir City resident a standing ovation for her work with “Army Angels,” a project she founded. Hannah was invited to the legislature by Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge), Rep. Jimmy Matlock (R-Lenoir City) and Rep. Dennis Ferguson (R-Kingston) who sponsored a resolution heralding the eight-year olds accomplishments and commending her for her “patriotism and compassion for our military service men” as well as “her amazing personal strength and courage in her fight with cancer.”
“You brighten our lives and cause us to reexamine how we live those lives,” McNally told Hannah after the resolution was read on the floor during Thursday’s session of the Tennessee State Senate. “We deeply appreciate you, your family and the soldiers you serve.”
Lawson’s mother, Tracey Lawson, told the Senate that Hannah founded the organization upon learning that soldiers around the world were praying for her after she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Army Angels prays for soldiers and collects items for care packages for the individual soldiers as well as toys and schools supplies that the soldiers can give to children in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo. The Angels also seeks to provide assistance to local groups that raise money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Army Angels has received the support of local Target stores and businesses in Knoxville, Rockwood, Kingston, Farragut, and Lenoir City.
The Lawsons were joined on the Senate floor by Brigadier General Max Haston, Department of Military Director of Public Affairs Randy Harris and Chief Warrant Officer David Creech. Creech is a member of the National Guard Southern Comfort Medevac unit from Smyrna whose group has also supported Hannah’s efforts. In July, unit members upon their return from a tour of duty in Kosovo presented her with an American flag that was flown in Afghanistan and dedicated in her honor.
“We need more people with a heart like Hannah’s praying for us,” said Rep. Ferguson, in thanking Hannah for her efforts in thinking of soldiers in a time of personal challenge. “You think about this young lady, and through the problems that she has — that she wants to pray for others.”
Lawson’s mother said nine children are diagnosed with brain tumors everyday. She has received treatment from the Thompson Cancer Survival Center in Knoxville.