As I mentioned in a recent post, Scottie Johnson of the Cancersuckschicago.com bbq team recently won the Jack Daniel's BBQ Invitational. The team name comes from the charitable foundation Scottie created in memory of his wife, Corliss (the formal name is the Corliss Johnson Memorial Foundation), who passed away from cancer a few years ago. He has raised tens of thousands of dollars for cancer research through his foundation, and this year many teams wore his Cancer Sucks! shirts at contests and donated their contest winnings.
Adding another heartbreaking dimension to this story is that Scottie's father was losing a battle with cancer right as the Jack was scheduled to begin. He encouraged Scottie to go and compete and "bring home some hardware." Well, not only did he bring home a trophy, he won the world's most prestigious bbq contest and raised the visibility of his cause and his foundation considerably.
The Tennesean just ran an article about Scottie's victory, and there's a podcast w/ Scottie that was done by Ray Basso of the bbqforum.com in which you can hear the story straight from the man himself. It is quite a moving and uplifting listen.
Click Here For the bbqblog.com Podcast
Click Here for the article from the Tennessean