Marching Southerners Donning Blue Ribbons
to Honor Megan at Christmas Parade Tomorrow
By Jennifer Bacchus
News Staff Writer
Reprinted here in its entirety.
A New Type of Blues for JSU Band
Drum major Corey Newton gets a blue ribbon. Photo:
When the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners stroll down Pelham
Road playing Sleigh Ride during the Christmas parade next Tuesday night, you
might notice something a little different about their uniforms.
They will be sporting a blue armband in honor of a friend of the band – Megan
Megan was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that manifests on muscle
cells, in July.
“We knew from reading her blog that blue is her favorite color. She says that
when she’s having a good day she’s having a ‘blue’ day. So, we want it to be a
good day for her. It’s our way of wishing them a happy holiday and a merry
Christmas,” said Bodiford.
Megan’s father, Gary has been an inspirational, and important, part of life
on the JSU campus. So, Ken Bodiford, director of bands at JSU, and the
Southerners decided to thank him by doing a little something to lift Megan’s
“Gary has been such an incredible part of JSU. He’s just so willing to help
out,” said Bodiford.
Bodiford is encouraging those who attend the parade this year to also wear
blue in support of Megan.
“We’ve been wanting to help out, but didn’t know what would be appropriate,
but we thought if she knew this many people were thinking about her that maybe,
somehow, it would help her,” he said.
Visit Megan’s blog to see how she is doing at www.caringbridge.org/visit/meganbrittain. There, in the guestbook, you can see an e-mail Bodiford sent to
Megan telling her about the Southerners’ plan for the parade.
About Jennifer Bachus
Jennifer Bacchus is a staff writer at The Jacksonville
News. She can be reached at 256-435-5021 or via e-mail at email@example.com
See story at The Jacksonville News's website: www.jaxnews.com
Note: JSU faculty, staff and students may access The
Jacksonville News online through their affiliation with the University.
Those not affiliated with JSU may have to subscribe to receive The
Jacksonville News online. If you already subscribe to The Jacksonville
News, you receive a complimentary online membership. This provides
complete access to all the content and services of the site at no
additional charge. Otherwise there is an online monthly charge for
their online service. Contact The Jacksonville News for information.
for news releases by using the request form at www.jsu.edu/newswire/request.