Why We Do This
Oct 08, 2013 by Jessica Clarke

Union First Market Bank
Sep 17, 2013 by Jessica Clarke

I am proud to work at Union First Market Bank! Union has a history of supporting LLS and Light the Night in Central Virginia. TEAM CLARKE FOR A CURE welcomes Union teammates to affiliate with us and support this very important cause.

Join our team, set up your own web page, attend the walk - it's an inspiring experience!

Members of Union's Light the Night Team at the Walk, Carytown, 2011

TEAM CLARKE FOR A CURE's honorees are Drew's Dad, Roger Clarke, and my nephew, Cole Reed. Roger fought lymphoma and Cole fought leukemia; unfortunately, neither won their battle. My Mom, Karyn Reed, lost her battle with ovarian cancer in June of this year.

To join, click the "WALK WITH US" button at the top of this page. To help facilitate submitting offline donations before the walk, I can send you pre-printed mail-in forms.

Note: Drew and I will not be able to attend the walk as Drew's Mom is getting married that night. But you can represent TEAM CLARKE FOR A CURE!

Thank you!!!
Aug 28, 2013 by Jessica Clarke

Wow. Drew and I are so grateful for the generosity of our family and friends! We set a seemingly ambitious goal of $2,000 for our Team. (I raised about $1,300 last year as part of Union's team.) It is only August, and we have exceeded our goal!

We are honored to facilitate fundraising for this very important cause, particularly this year. We miss our loved ones. We are angry that this terrible disease, CANCER, continues to hurt the lives of so many. As we look forward, we will continue to remember, love, cherish, and FIGHT!

Thank you.

Aug 05, 2013 by Jessica Clarke

Welcome, Visitors!

Thank you for visiting TEAM CLARKE FOR A CURE's Team Page supporting LLS's Light the Night! We have been posting since this spring about our fundraising activities. Feel free to browse through and share your thoughts via the comments!


RIP Karyn Hobbs Reed
Jun 16, 2013 by Jessica Clarke

We lost my Mom on June 12, 2013. She had ovarian cancer. While LLS does not work to defeat ovarian cancer directly, its research helps discover treatments that can help treat cancers beyond blood cancers.

Karyn Hobbs Reed Obituary:

Funeral services for Karyn Hobbs Reed, 62, of Rebecca, GA will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, June 14, 2013 at The Ashburn First Baptist Church. Mrs. Reed passed away Wednesday surrounded by her loving family after an extended illness. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church cemetery in Rebecca, GA.

The daughter of the late Curtis Henry and Julia Faye Jones Hobbs, she was born in Vienna, GA. Mrs. Reed graduated from Valdosta State College in 1972 and worked with Atlanta Gas Light Co. in Valdosta before being transferred to the Conyers office in 1987. In 1997 she retired and moved to Turner Co. Mrs. Reed was a faithful member of the Ashburn First Baptist Church, where she was a dedicated church worker and a member of The Scripture Searchers Sunday School Class.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a grandson, Cole Reed in 2000.

Survivors include her husband Donald L. Reed, Rebecca, GA; her children, Jessica S. (Drew) Clarke, Mechanicsville, VA, Diane R. (Jeff) Lamb, Ashburn, GA, Donna R. (Alan) Lynn, Jefferson, GA, Michael D. (Stephanie) Reed, Rebecca, GA; her loving six grandchildren; a sister, Debbie H. Walls, Cordele, GA and a brother, Carl (Sheila) Hobbs, Ashburn, GA.

While flowers would be appreciated, donations may be made to The Ashburn First Baptist Church, 302 McLendon St., Ashburn, GA 31714.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from six until eight at Perry Funeral Chapel.

Final RCMGT Thank You's & Total Fundraising Amount,
May 29, 2013 by Jessica Clarke

A few family and friends contributed funds to be used to help defray tournament expenses, with remaining proceeds going to LLS.

A special thanks to:

Ley Watson

Rob Eastep

Tobi & Dale Williams

Gerald & Teresa Beck

Chick Cornell, Jr.

And, finally, a large part of the success of the tournament was the setting - The Crossings Golf Club. Drew handled all the arrangements with them and had this to say:

"The RCMGT was held at The Tradition Golf Club at The Crossings. Many other golf courses offered competitive tournament packages but assistant general manager Jason Clipp and his staff demonstrated a conspicuous dedication to not only meeting the needs of the RCMGT at a superior value but a desire to foster a long-term partnership with the RCMGT. I would like to thank Jason Clipp and his entire staff for their superlative customer service and incomparable professionalism."

In total, proceeds from the RCMGT, donations to benefit the tournament, and donation made directly to LLS as a result of the tournament totaled $1,455!


RCMGT and Why We Fight Cancer - Jessica Clarke
May 28, 2013 by Jessica Clarke

Unfortunately, I missed out on playing the Roger Clarke Memorial Golf Tournament.

Ten days prior to the tournament, my Mom was admitted to the hospital again. We found that her ovarian cancer had spread, and she was fighting more immediate concerns as well. The Monday before the tournament, I went down to Georgia to help care for her. She was released from the hospital. At home, between her home hospice case manager's guidance, our strict adherence to the symptom management plan, and Mom's strength, we seemed to have gotten through the immediate issues.

I was disappointed to miss the tournament. While Drew has done most of the work, we spent many hours working together to plan it, talk through issues, and attract players.

I also wanted to praise Drew in front of this particular audience. In January, I asked him how he wanted to celebrate his 40th birthday, which is August 1, 2013. He thought about it and said he wanted to host his Dad's tournament again. I had hoped to tell everyone what a special husband I have.

Despite my absence (or possibly in part because of it), the tournament apparently went off without a hitch, and a great time was had by all. I'm glad I was able to go care for my Mom.

RCMGT - The Teams
May 23, 2013 by Jessica Clarke

We had 7 teams - 4 foursomes and 3 threesomes.

Team Union (Union First Market Bank) - Second Place

Team Anderson. Mason Derrickson won one of the complimentary greens fees donated by The Crossings.

Team Whitlock - Winning Team, Charles Whitlock and Marty Whitlock each won Closest to the Pin prizes.

Team Lord. Stuart Lord won a Closest to the Pin Prize. Karen Lord won one of the complimentary greens fees donated by The Crossings.

Team Beck. Gerald Beck won a Closest to the Pin. Earline Brown won one of the complimentary greens fees donated by The Crossings.

Team Clarke-Williams. Josh Clarke won one of the complimentary greens fees donated by The Crossings.

Team Clarke-Driscoll. (Jack Driscoll not pictured). Joel Clarke won the Longest Drive Prize.

RCMGT - More Photos
May 23, 2013 by Jessica Clarke

Host: Drew Clarke

Honorary Hosts: Three of the Clarke Grandkids

Announcement of Rules.

Radar as play was about to begin. Players made it through the round with only 2 brief rain delays.

Spectators Jay Clarke, Julie Beck, Tim Cates.

Spectators: Becky Clarke, Heather Fisher-Clarke and Clarke Grandkids

Players Stuart and Karen Lord with their Granddaughter.

Our youngest spectators, with Brenda Clarke and mom Arianna Williams.

RCMGT Pictures - From the Course
May 21, 2013 by Jessica Clarke

Host: Drew Clarke. Son of Roger Clarke

From left: Josh Clarke, Chris Clarke. Sons of Roger Clarke.

Joel Clarke, Brother of Roger Clarke.

Josh Clarke, Son of Roger Clarke.

Nate Williams. Friend of Josh Clarke.

Thank you to RCMGT Participants and Supporters - Drew Clarke
May 24, 2013 by Jessica Clarke

Hello 2013 RCMGT Participants & Supporters,

...I want to thank each of you for your support and helping to make the 2013 playing of the RCMGT the largest in terms of number of players and second largest in respect to the amount raised for charity. Based on the feedback I received Saturday and since, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves despite the two temporary deluges that marred the event for roughly thirty minutes. I would like to again congratulate the winning team of Charles Whitlock, Jason Whitlock, Marty Whitlock and Dave Caddell. Congratulations are also in order for the team of Travis Conder, Shawn Fidler, Matt Joseph and Josh Holder for tying for first but losing the ultimate prize to a match of cards.

Those of you who know me are aware that I am a bit slow or as they say in the south, "touched." Well, absent-mindedness interloping with a low IQ can be a recipe for true stupidity. I created the format, rules and regulations that governed play and created the on course contests and the manner in which I would conduct the drawing yet I still did the following on Saturday:

1. Forgot to use our front-nine mulligan, probably the only reason my team finished 3rd.

2. Forgot to keep score using the stableford scoring system I created. Thankfully, the golf pro doing the scoring noticed and added up our stableford score based on our stroke play score.

3. The drawing was actually meant for everyone other than the winning team. I wanted everyone to go home with something and figured it would be an unfair embarrassment of riches if someone from the winning team also won a complimentary greens fee. So, someone must have been left out and I apologize profusely. Chris, your prize was the new golf balls so you didn't have to play with 20 year old balls, one of which was a Titleist Balata 100, a ball I used during my high school golf days. So, Charles, Jason, Marty and Dave, you cherish those pens and water bottle. Next time I visit your house, I hope to see them displayed prominently.

But, I blame my diminished mental acuity on exhaustion. I called Jessica when I got home. We got off the phone around 5:15pm Saturday. I immediately fell asleep and woke up at 2:30pm Sunday and only because Jessica called to see if I was alive.

Thanks again and I hope to see everyone again next year.

- Drew Clarke

In Memory of
Mar 29, 2013 by Jessica Clarke

Team Clarke for the Cure's Honorees:

Mar 29, 2013 by Jessica Clarke

TEAM CLARKE FOR A CURE's major fundraising effort will be a charity golf tournament:

The Roger Clarke Memorial Golf Tournament

Resurrected after a 4-year hiatus, the RCMGT is an always enjoyable event that brings friends and family together to celebrate our kinships and friendships, fondly remember a beautiful soul, support a worthy cause and maybe have an adult beverage or two.

The RCMGT has two purposes:

  • First, to memorialize Drew's late father, Roger Clarke, who died of lymphoma in 2003. He was fifty-two years old and left behind a host of loving and bereaved family members. Regrettably, he passed before he could see his last two holdout sons get married or his four grandchildren. He would have loved being a granddad, and the kids would have in turn loved “Pop Roger.” Roger loved the game of golf, and participating in this tournament is the perfect way to honor him.
  • Second, to raise money to fight cancer. Jessica has raised money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society the last few years through her employer, Union First Market Bank. LLS supports research for a cure for blood cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia and provides support to local patients and families. Learn more about this exemplary charity on our Team Page (link on right) or at

Where: The Crossings Golf Club, 800 Virginia Center Parkway, Glen Allen, VA 23059; 804-261-0000;

When: May 18, 2013, 10am Shotgun Start; range opens 9am; please arrive no later than 9:30am for registration and announcements.

Format: Four-person scramble (a.k.a captain’s choice)

Spectators and Lunch Only Attendees: We welcome non-golfing family and friends to join us! Spectator carts may be rented. Non-golfers may attend the lunch.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: For more information, contact Drew or Jessica Clarke!

Aug 05, 2013

Welcome to the Light The Night Walk Team homepage for TEAM CLARKE FOR A CURE.

Cancer touches us all. My family has been touched directly by blood cancers and other cancers. We lost my nephew, Cole Reed, to leukemia and my father-in-law, Roger Clarke, to lymphoma. In 2012, my mom, Karyn Reed, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is still fighting it. UPDATE: Mom lost her fight on June 12, 2013.

I have seen first hand how all-consuming the diagnosis, treatment and recovery are for the patients and well as the devastation when efforts are ultimately unsuccessful. I have been impressed by LLS and the very direct and specific help that is provided on the local level to patients and their families. In addition, the groundbreaking research that helps find treatments for blood cancers ultimately benefits patients with other cancers and other illnesses, such as auto-immune conditions that affect people such as my husband and teammate, Drew Clarke.

That is why we have chosen to support this worthy cause.

Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual fundraising walk to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Hundreds of thousands of participants raise funds for lifesaving research and patient services.

For more than 60 years, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has been solely focused on people with blood cancers. Presently, we have more than $250 million committed to research across the United States and in ten other countries. Every dollar is provided by concerned donors. We invest in the best, outcome based science:

  • Anywhere, with no geographic or institutional boundaries
  • Without profit incentive
  • To meet unmet Medicare needs of people with blood cancers

And LLS funded advances are helping patients beyond those for whom they were originally developed, including people with solid tumors and auto-immune diseases. In the past decade, nearly 50% (19 out of 39) of the cancer drugs approved by the FDA were approved as treatments for blood cancer patients. Twelve are already approved for people beyond those for whom they were first developed.

With your help, we are saving lives.

  • A donation of $30 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.
  • A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
  • A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.
  • A donation of $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.

Please join our team's effort today by registering to walk or by making a donation. (Drew and I will not be able to attend the walk as it is the same night as Becky & Tim's wedding!) Your participation in the Light The Night Walk will help save lives. Be sure to check our team Web site frequently to see our progress, and thanks for your support!

Thanks! - Jessica & Drew

Team Name Subteam Walk Site Date Team Captain City/State  
Team Clarke for a Cure   Virginia Historical Society 10/26/13 Jessica Clarke Richmond, VA  

Supporter Comments

    "Tournament Proceeds"

    Jessica Clarke

    Tue May 28 12:53:44 EDT 2013

    "Love & support to Jessica and Drew! xo Jenna"

    Jenna Clarke

    Mon Oct 07 05:33:16 EDT 2013

    "Go Team Clarke! Let's kick this disease' butt! "

    Heather Fisher-Clarke

    Thu Dec 19 01:08:27 EST 2013

Team Fundraising Total

Goal: $3,500.00
106 %
Donations: $3,700.00

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Thanks To

RCMGT - Mike & Brenda And... $500.00
Don Simmons $250.00
Peggy W. Whitlock $200.00
Connie Andrews $100.00
Unspecified Donor $100.00
Jim Babb $100.00
Jay Nelson Family $100.00
Alan Clarke $100.00
Colleen Crowley $100.00
Russell Sweat $100.00
RCMGT - John Mills $100.00
RCMGT - Jack Driscoll $90.00
Anonymous $50.00
Suzanne Tate $50.00
Robert Porter $50.00
Unspecified Donor $50.00
Ellen Page $50.00
Ken & Karin Cornell $50.00
Rhema Crowley $50.00
RCMGT - Karen Bobbitt $50.00
RCMGT - Tim Cates $50.00
Lori Bevans $40.00
Barbara Grantham $25.00
Jenna Clarke $20.00
Jessica Clarke  
Heather Fisher-Clarke  
Jason & Grace Whitlock  
Rebecca Bornac  
Thomas Pulliam  
Haywood Family  
Carey & Greg Schmitt  
Tonia Nelson  
Corrie Botts  
Jason Brady