The American Cancer Society has named Cara Ledbetter executive director of its Northeast Tennessee regional chapter.
In addition to overseeing all local ACS fundraising events, including the chapter’s annual Gala, Spirits of the Season, Bark for Life and Relay for Life events in each of the counties, Ledbetter will head the ACS Leadership Council of Johnson City and oversee local ACS services for cancer patients including Road to Recovery, Reach for Recovery and Look Good, Feel Better.
“I am excited about the opportunities and challenges that I will face in this position and I am extremely thankful for the excellent team of professionals and volunteers that I have been blessed with in the area,” Ledbetter said.
Ledbetter is a Johnson City resident and a graduate of University of South Florida. She has served as community development representative for the local ACS chapter for the past three years. She was previously employed as head of marketing for the Johnson City Development Authority and also worked in marketing and sales for The Carnegie Hotel.
In addition to fundraising and services for cancer patients, Ledbetter said she is looking forward to leading the chapter’s research education, which provides ACS supporters with information about how their donations are spent, including funding for 44 Nobel Prize-winning cancer researchers.
“I am excited to be in a place where I feel I can do something important and meaningful and hopefully can someday be a part of something even more fulfilling, a cure for cancer,” she said.
Ever an ACS fundraiser, Ledbetter invited community members and their dogs to the ACS Bark for Life scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Majestic Park in downtown Johnson City. The event will include a one-mile fun walk through downtown, “Santa Paws” pet photos and a calendar competition from which 13 winners will featured in the annual Happy Tails calendar published by Happy Tails Magazine.