Whittington honored with Steel Magnolia Award

A local woman who started a nonprofit organization to raise funds toward a cure for the type of pediatric cancer from which her son died has been honored for her efforts.

The Middletown Community Foundation selected Lynn Whittington as the Columbus area’s annual Steel Magnolia Award honoree.

The award honors women of all ages who have face personal adversity, have overcome obstacles to positively impact the community and have shown exceptional strength, courage, compassion and leadership through their work, according to a news release.

Whittington’s nominator, Lisa Hill, said that Whittington experienced the greatest loss when her son Peyton died from terminal brain cancer in 2013. Hill said the reason Whittington deserves the Steel Magnolia award is because of the way she responded to the tragedy, by starting a Columbus chapter of the nonprofit organization The Cure Starts Now, called Peyton’s Angels. Hill noted that Whittington raises about $60,000 annually through fundraisers in Peyton’s honor, the news release said.

Each Steel Magnolia Award recipient designates an eligible charity of her choice to receive a $2,500 donation. Whittington chose the Columbus chapter of The Cure Starts Now.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.