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 EmmaDurhamFoundation@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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

Don’t Forget to Smile!! 🙂

2016EmmaDurhamGolfScramble Package

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.

Don’t Forget to Smile!!


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.

Tony Thomas Mailing List Photo 001.JPGTony Thomas

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

Don’t forget to smile!!