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Woman of Wilson: Emily Gannon

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Emily Gannon with Jolly St. Nick

Cumberland Pediatrics Chief Operating Officer Emily Gannon is passionate about the work she does - and the lives she is able to touch through her work.

Just before answering her Woman of Wilson questionnaire, Gannon confessed she spent the last 45 minutes crying.

"A child walked into our clinic and left headed for a CT scan with a possible brain tumor," she said, moved by the traumatic event. "We have stopped and prayed for this sweet child. We have reached out to the hospital multiple times for updates, and we are looking for churches in their community to help with emotional support."

Gannon said the Cumberland Pediatrics team feels strongly about all their patients' wellbeing.

"We try to make the world stop for everyone's child, healthy or ill," she explained. "We have a fully stocked closet of clothes, coats, food, hygiene products and blankets to meet as many needs as possible. We have put the joy back in pediatrics."

The office hosts theme days, holiday celebrations, contests and more - and of course they offer medical attention to kids.

For Gannon, the best part of her job is getting to be with "genuinely loving people" including both patients and staff on the "best and worst days of their lives."

"I have prayed in the floor with a mother, who is now my dear friend, the day she found out her 4-month-old had cancer. I have wept and rejoiced with a couple who finally got to bring their sweet baby home after a long adoption process," she said. "My grandfather taught me that you can't be 100 percent at work if you are not 100 percent at home and you take care of your staff. I love my staff - they are my family... Honestly, they bless me more than I ever could them."

Gannon, who is from Woodbury, relocated to Wilson County thanks to her husband, Christopher Gannon - a native of the Vine Community.

The couple has two children, Charlie Houston, 3, and James David, who will turn 2 on Dec. 26th.

She spends her spare time cooking, doing crafts and "hanging out with the coolest three men ever" - mentioned above.

The family is active members of College Hills Church of Christ, where Gannon serves in the Great Young Moms Ministry. The ministry provides classes and support for pregnant teens.

Gannon is also involved with the Easton Goad Foundation, Mission Lazarus, the GPS Class and the Next Step Resource Center.

She has a degree in Business from Middle Tennessee State University. She is a member of the Medical Group Management Association and Society for Human Resource Management.

The woman she most admires is her "sweet mama," Cathy Crabtree Kelch.

"I grew up the only child of a single mother. I have witnessed my mother reach pinnacles of success in business," Gannon said. "She taught me that nothing replaces hard work and determination. Most importantly, she taught me to love the Lord with all my heart, to be loyal and to offer grace often - she's offered me more grace than I deserve."

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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