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Festival Queen contestant joins worldwide fight against asthma

Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Reilly Price and her Little Miss Spat contestant Bailey Pullman.

Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Reilly Price knows that nothing should be taken for granted, especially the ability to breathe easily. Asthma is something that affects millions of people worldwide, including Price. Diagnosed at 13, she relied on the Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA) for information and support throughout the process. She knew that for her community service project, she wanted to help the AAFA help other people like her.

An avid runner, Price wanted to combine two of the things that make her who she is: running and asthma. “I have been running competitively since seventh grade, and I find it to be beneficial mentally and emotionally, as well as physically. It is my release,” she said. Price thought the best way to raise money for her cause was to plan a 5K walk/run to benefit the AAFA. She wanted to bring more attention to asthma, as well as provide a community event on a Saturday morning. 

In April, Price began contacting local venues that could be used as a location for the race. She finally settled on Holly Point Nature Park in Deltaville. With the help of Kristen DeGraw, she chose a date and time for the race. “I wanted to hold it during their monthly farmers market in order to attract people to the race and to bring more business to the market,” she said. “I thought it would be mutually beneficial for us.”

The race was held on June 24 at Holly Point Nature Park. Seven participants came out to race and nearly twice as many came out to watch or help. The winners were Kirk Casper for the men and Sara Getz for the women. All of the people who came out enjoyed themselves, especially the kids, including Price’s Little Miss Spat, Bailey Pullman.

Many of the contestants suffered from asthma as well. “The amount of response I received from people struggling with asthma about my project was awe-inspiring,” Price said. 

A bake sale was also held and a GoFundMe page was created to raise additional funds. Price says she is grateful for all the help and support the project has received. “Being able to send in the donation to AAFA was such a rewarding moment,” she said.

A Mathews High School senior, Price has been a member of the cross-country team for four years and is now a captain. She also has been dancing for 14 years, originally with Linda’s School of Dance of Topping and currently with the Concert Ballet of Virginia of Ashland. Price also played lacrosse for 9 years with Ware Academy, Gloucester Club Lacrosse, and Warhill Club Lacrosse. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Student Council Association. 

Price attends the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for Marine and Environmental Science and is currently working towards her associate’s degree of arts and science at Rappahannock Community College. She is also working on a senior research project through Virginia Commonwealth University’s Forensic Science Department. She is a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church of Kilmarnock.

After graduation, Price plans to attend college for neuroscience or forensic science and pursue a career as a medical examiner.

Price is the daughter of Bill and Brigid Price of Hartfield, and granddaughter of Bob and Vicki Murphy of Locust Hill, Judy McCloskey and the late George McCloskey of Kilmarnock, and Frank and Sara Price of Sebring, Florida.

Bailey Pullman, Price’s Little Miss Spat contestant, is the daughter of Michael and Jessica Pullman of Wake, and the granddaughter of Pam Furr of Wake, the late Russell Pullman, and Larry and Gayle Pratt. She has an older sister, Morgan, and a little brother, William. She enjoys horseback riding and hopes to be a doctor when she grows up.

The crowning of the 60th Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat will take place Friday, November 3, at 4 p.m. at the Urbanna Firehouse. This year’s Queen contestants (in alphabetical order) and their Little Miss Spat contestants include: Tiarah Hayes and Tatiana Washington, Macey Horne and Jocelynn Nester, Kimberly Price and Claire Dise, Reilly Price and Bailey Pullman, Haley Revere and Allison Duke, Kelleigh Seay and Ryleigh O’Bier, Emilie Smith and Annie Bray; and Spat contestant MaKayla Bryant.

posted 09.20.2017

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