Kroger Community Rewards

Do you shop at Kroger?  If so, you can help support the Emma Durham Foundation every time you shop at Kroger!  It’s fast and simple and doesn’t cost you anything!  When you shop at Kroger and have identified the Emma Durham Foundation as your organization, Kroger will donate a portion of your purchase to our foundation.

Here’s how:

  1. Sign into your account: Kroger Community Rewards
  2. Click Enroll or Re-Enroll Now
  3. Search for Emma Durham Foundation (#82822)
  4. Click Enroll

It’s THAT simple!  You do need to re-enroll every August but it only takes a few quick clicks of the mouse to do it.

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6th Annual Emma Durham Basketball Classic

The sixth annual Emma Durham Basketball Classic was held on October 8, 2016, at East Middle School.  This event is one of our major fundraisers that allows us to perform the mission and goals of the Emma Durham Foundation.  Teams that participated this year were:

Shelby East Middle School

Shelby West Middle School

Spencer County Middle School

South Oldham Middle School

Our board would like to thank the teams, volunteers, players, and especially our sponsors.  We couldn’t have pulled off this event without YOU!

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Class of 2016 Emma Durham Foundation Scholarship Winners

The Emma Durham Foundation Scholarship is a $2,000 scholarship that is  awarded to one graduating female athlete from Shelby County High School and one graduating female athlete from Martha Layne Collins High School.  The scholarship is awarded in memory of Emma Durham, who would have graduated with the class of 2014.

This week we had the privilege of presenting the third annual Emma Durham Foundation Scholarships to our two selected recipients.

On Monday, May 23, 2016, we presented the first scholarship to Ryan Goodlett of Martha Layne Collins High School.Ryan Goodlett

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, we presented the second scholarship to Justus Martin of Shelby County High School.Justus Martin

Both of these young ladies have impressed us with their character, positive attitude and achievements in our community.  We are thrilled to welcome them to the Emma Durham Foundation family and look forward to watching them reach their goals.

We also want to thank our community for supporting our foundation, allowing us to put Emma’s wishes into action.  Whether we are presenting scholarship awards or delivering Christmas trees to children at Kosair Children’s Hospital, we appreciate our community and volunteers more than words can say.

Please join us in congratulating Ryan and Justus as they both graduate from their high schools today and begin the next chapter of their lives!  We can’t wait to see where life leads you!

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3rd Annual Emma Durham Golf Scramble

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The 3rd Annual Emma Durham Golf Scramble is fast approaching!  Have you registered your team yet?

We’d like to shout a big THANK YOU to Spalding & Day Tool & Die Inc. for being our 3rd place prize sponsor!

Also, THANK YOU to Golf Headquarters for donating a hole-in-one chance for new set of golf clubs and bag!

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3rd Annual Emma Durham Golf Scramble

Save the date!  The 3rd Annual Emma Durham Golf Scramble will be on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Weissinger Hills Golf Course in Shelbyville, Kentucky and will begin with a shotgun start at 1:30 pm (EST).

If you or your business are interested in being one of our sponsors, or if you are a golfer and interested in entering a team, please contact us!  Our Emma Durham Golf Scramble packet is included in this post and contains more information.  Please contact us at if you have any questions.

The event is always fun and draws a great crowd every year.  You won’t want to miss it!

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Photos from our 2015 Emma Durham Golf Scramble:



Christmas Trees from Emma

Emma spent many weeks in the hospital throughout her journey.  To limit her exposure to germs, much of her time was spent isolated from family and friends.

During one of her inpatient stays over the holidays in 2010, she had a little Christmas tree brought to her room and it really cheered her up.  Her hospital room felt a little more like home with a decorated tree and a big stocking!


The following Christmas Emma helped deliver trees with ornaments to the kids that were on the oncology wing at Kosair Children’s Hospital.  She hoped that the trees would help other kids feel a little closer to home even though they were in the hospital.

One of Emma’s wishes was that this  would be a tradition that would be carried on for future years.  We have had the privilege of fulfilling this wish.

Tonight our board gathered together and delivered 20 pre-lit trees, ornaments and a handwritten note that Emma had written when she delivered the trees in 2011 to Kosair Children’s Hospital.


Our board would like to thank Taryn and the Child Life Team at Kosair Children’s Hospital for coordinating the delivery of our trees to the children who will be on the oncology wing in the hospital this season.

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Meet Emma

Emma had a beautiful voice and was always singing and making up songs.  While undergoing treatment for her cancer, she would often be secluded and alone so she would record herself singing and telling funny stories.  Here are some of the videos she posted to YouTube.  Take a listen and get to know our Emma!

Emma: Turning Tables-Cover

Emma: Rolling In The Deep-Cover

Emma: Misery-Cover


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Meet our Board Members!

Kyle WileyKyle Wiley, President

Kyle was born and raised in Shelbyville, Kentucky.  He graduated from Georgetown College and has been in ministry for 25 years.

Kyle is currently the Senior Pastor at Bagdad Baptist Church in Bagdad, Kentucky.  He also drives a school bus for Shelby County Public Schools.

Kyle has coached girls basketball at East Middle School and that is where he first met Emma.  He is also the Assistant Fast Pitch coach for Shelby County High School.

Kyle and his wife Amanda have 3 daughters, Kara, Faith, and Isabella.  In his free time, Kyle enjoys spending time with his family and fishing.

Robin DurhamRobin Durham, Vice President

Robin grew up in Corbin, Kentucky, where she attended Corbin High School and then went on to Eastern Kentucky University in 1989 where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture.  She married her high school sweetheart Joey Durham and they had two beautiful daughters, Emma and Sarah.  Joey passed away in the year 2000 and Robin later relocated to Shelbyville, Kentucky.  Working for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for the last seven years she has worked her way up to an Administrative Specialist III.

Robin was a caregiver to Emma for over two years starting in 2010 when Emma was diagnosed with cancer.  Robin was amazed by Emma’s never-give-up, positive and loving attitude.  The community’s emotional and financial support was overwhelming during her illness and has inspired Robin to pay it forward.  By working through the Emma Durham Foundation, Robin hopes to keep her daughter’s memory alive by showing the same generous, giving and loving spirit that Emma displayed.  She hopes this will help as many student athletes as possible in the Shelby County area attend college.

When Robin is not working, she likes attending Sarah’s choral and school events, fundraising for the Emma Durham Foundation, enjoys cookouts with family and friends, playing golf and relaxing at the lake when possible.

Carol CraigCarol Craig, Co-Treasurer

While attending Thomas Jefferson High School, Carol also attended cosmetology school and graduated in 1966 from both.  In 1967 she became an instructor at the House of James Beauty College.

In 1976 she moved to Corbin, Kentucky, where she was employed in the accounting department at CTA Acoustics.  While in Corbin, Carol became the Varsity cheer coach for Corbin High School, and also attended night classes at Cumberland College.

Carol joined the coaching staff at Cumberland College in 1995.  She took the Co-ed cheer squad to the National Finals in 1996 and 1997.

After 23 years of service, Carol retired from CTA Acoustics and coaching. She and Grady, her husband of 48 years, then moved to Shelbyville, Kentucky.

The Corbin Varsity Club honored Carol in September of 2012 by inducting her into the Corbin Athletic Hall of Fame.  She is the first cheer coach to receive this honor.

Carol enjoys spending time helping with fundraising events for Kosair Charities, and playing golf with Grady whenever possible.

Kita BarnesKita Barnes, Co-Treasurer

Kita is a Resource Management Analyst II for the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet/Grants Management Branch for the past 6 years.  She is responsible for the eGMS (Electronic Grants Management System), which Law Enforcement, Victims of Crime, and Violence Against Women agencies apply for federal and state grants.

Kita was born and raised in Shelby County, where she continues to live with her husband Tom and their daughter Taylor.  She also has 3 wonderful stepdaughters Nina, Allison and Morgan.  In her spare time she loves to visit with friends and family.

Jennifer ClaspillJennifer Claspill, Secretary

Jennifer is a Business Analyst and has been employed in the health insurance industry, for over 20 years.  She completed her Associate in Arts Degree at Charter Oak State College in 2003.  Among other responsibilities, Jennifer specializes in creating database reports, organizing raw data info useable formats and providing training for various sales tracking systems.

Jennifer married her husband, Tony, in April of 1995.  They are the proud parents of Taylor and Justin.  She has lived in the Louisville area her entire life and moved to Shelbyville in 2002.

When not busy at work, Jennifer loves spending time with her family, baking, reading, and taking pictures.  She is often found on the sidelines of a soccer field, cheering on her kids.

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Tony was born and raised in Harrodsburg, KY. He moved to Shelby County in August 1990 after he and his wife Tammy were married. He has an Associate Degree from University of Kentucky and a Bachelor Degree from Kentucky State University. He was in management with Airborne Express and DHL Express for 29 years. Currently, he is an insurance agent for Cecil Nethery Insurance, Shelbyville, a school bus for Shelby County Public Schools and the assistant girl’s golf coach at Shelby County High School. Tony is also on the board of Adventure Club Child Care a ministry of Simpsonville Baptist Church.

Tony and Tammy have one daughter Madison, who attends the University of Memphis on a golf scholarship. In his free time, Tony enjoys spending time with family, attending Simpsonville Baptist Church where he has been involved with the youth ministry, SBC Christmas Store, is a deacon, playing golf, fishing, and attending high school and college sporting events.

Mary Haymond

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How You Can Help!

The Emma Durham Foundation, Inc., relies on the support of our donors, area business sponsors and community members.  Maybe you’re wondering how you could help?  There are MANY ways!

  1. Kroger Community Rewards – By shopping at Kroger, our foundation will receive a percentage of your purchases.  You can log into your account, select Kroger Community Rewards and search Emma Durham Foundation, Inc.  Our Kroger Community Rewards Organization Number is 82822.
  2. Shop – When you shop at and identify Emma Durham Foundation as your charity on your Smile.Amazon Account, our foundation will receive a percentage of your purchases.  Note that purchases made a do NOT qualify and you must shop from
  3. Become one of our Business Sponsors – please contact us for more information!
  4. Make a donation – you can mail a tax-deductible donation to us at 205 Hillview Drive, Shelbyville, Kentucky  40065.

Thank you for your support and we can’t wait to share more with you in the coming weeks, months and years!

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Emma Durham



Emma Durham was your average teenage girl with an infectious smile and a heart that knew no bounds.  She had a great love for her family and friends and worried about others before herself.  She was always concerned about the well-being of those around her, including people in the community she did not even know.  She loved to be active in outdoor activities, singing, making funny videos with her friends, and sports, especially basketball.  It was basketball that would lead to a discovery that showed just how special Emma was as a person.

In 2010 after struggling with a nagging muscle injury from playing ball, an x-ray revealed something that no one ever expected to see.  A dark mass in the x-ray proved to be cancer and began a journey that would show the amazing young woman that was hiding in that young 14 year old girl’s body.  She had many surgeries and chemo treatments and went through a very difficult Bone Marrow Transplant.  She was in isolation for many months.  She was in remission for about six months when the cancer came back and she had to start treatments all over again.  For over two years, she battled a cancer that just would not go away.

Through it all that smile never faded and her concern was never about herself but still directed toward others.  Even on her worst days she would give you a smile and ask how you were doing, not concerned about herself.  She supported all of those around her to get them through her illness when it normally is the other way around.  She never fell behind in school, still working from home and the hospital to stay with her class, all the while not realizing that this was another example to others of the special person Emma was.  Emma rarely cried or was upset about her illness.  She was always smiling, laughing, and goofing around.  She would tell her mom “it is what it is and I’ll be ok.  God has a plan for me”.  Emma inspired many with her bravery and courage and will never be forgotten.  Emma went to be with the Lord on June 30, 2012.

The lasting message that Emma’s story will always portray is that you never give up no matter what your obstacle is in life.  Be positive, have faith, love all those around you and spread your hope and strength of will to all those with whom you are in contact with; and never lose your smile.

The Emma Durham Foundation, Inc., was formed to carry on Emma’s legacy and to remind us all to SMILE!  A few of our foundation activities include:

  • Providing a scholarship to one graduating female senior athletes from each our 2 local high schools
  • Delivering pre-lit Christmas trees with decorations to pediatric patients on the cancer wing at Kosair Children’s Hospital who will be in the hospital over the Christmas holiday
  • Fundraising events throughout the year

Our foundation is committed to carrying on Emma’s name in all that we do!

Don’t forget to smile!