2018-19 CHAMPION TEAMMATES bios coming soon.
The Champion Teammate Program is a signature program for CC4C. The goal is to bring hope, joy and encouragement to children suffering from rare, undiagnosed, or acute conditions by matching each CC4C child with a teammate who is a celebrity or well-respected professional. Our teammates are truly champions. Each teammate commits to fundraising for CC4C. The funds raised go directly back to the organization to be used to help fund our children and their families. Please give us your support!
If you interested in learning more about the Champion Teammate Program, please fill out the Application form and within 48 hours a CC4C team member will initiate an introductory call to explain the program in more detail, answer any questions you may have, and determine interest, eligibility, and fit. If you have trouble with this form, please email us directly at Info@cc4c.org.
2017-18 Champion Teammates
Talaya Frazier is the founder and spokesperson of Champions 4 Children, a 501c3 foundation. She is a dedicated wife and mother of two girls. She was inspired to start this foundation after a three-year struggle to find an answer to her youngest daughter’s failure to thrive condition.
Talaya Frazier has competed in eight consecutive Boston Marathons, one of which she completed on a broken femur and inspired Power Bars’ “Stronger than You Think” campaign. She returned in 2013 with a CC4C team of 10 – all who ran the Boston marathon in honor of 10 CC4C children. She was the May 2012 Runner’s World Cover model and ran in honor of Skylar, a child suffering from a rare condition. Talaya has completed 15 marathons, including a 1st place finish in the Chosen One Marathon.
A triathlete as well, she represented Team USA at the World Championship Half-Ironman in 2009 and was the 2011 Naturally Fit Model National winner. Aside from being a mother, model and founder of CC4C, Talaya is the owner of Talaya’s.net, an online jewelry business specializing in sterling silver and 14kt gold scripture bracelets. This season, Talaya is a champion teammate for Maddie.
Betsy Hudson is a former member of the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company’s “Met Too”, award-winning member and captain of the Houston Texans Cheerleaders, choreographer for NFL dancers, music video and live performance choreographer for Zayra’s 2010-2011 VIP Tour, and dance instructor at the Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Betsy graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Public Relations from Sam Houston State University where she served as captain of the dance team. During this time, the SHSU dance team was presented with the College Dance Team National Championship in 2005. In 2008 Betsy was awarded the “Rookie of the Year” Award for the Houston Texans Cheerleaders and was featured in their Swimsuit Calendar. That same year she also established a successful dance program for the Catholic Charities After-School Program for Refugee Children in Houston. Betsy and her husband, CB, are proud parents to their daughter, Ella-James, and their son, Britton, due in September 2016. Betsy also started the Moms On The Loose Podcast.
CB began playing the guitar at the age of 10, followed by years of lessons, being a member in his high school’s jazz band and a six-week summer program for promising talent at the Berklee College of Music. He attended Southwest Texas State (now Texas State University) as a psych major with a business minor, then began pursuing an MBA in finance. CB spent the last 15 years as the lead guitarist of the rock band, Blue October, touring all over the world, performing on late night shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and appearing twice on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Special memories for him include opening for The Rolling Stones and KISS. CB is well-known for his technical style and precision with complicated riffs. In 2014, he opened his dream studio, Orb Recording Studios, which was named “Austin’s Best Recording Studio” that same year. CB now resides full-time in Austin at home with his wife, Betsy, and their daughter (Ella-James) and son (arriving September 2016). He is excited and passionate about being a part of CC4C and is honored to be a Champion.
In 1999, Tim Reames joined the United States Marine Corps and spent 5 years as a Reconnaissance Marine (0321). After the Iraq Invasion, Tim Reames was Honorably Discharged in 2004 and quickly began working for Blackwater as a Contractor from 2004-2006. During Mr. Reames’s time at Blackwater, he was selected as a Counter Sniper/Door Gunner on the Little Birds to support Contractor Convoys, rescues missions and Reconnaissance missions for various Government Agencies. After working several times with C.I.A., Mr. Reames was recruited to work for the C.I.A. as a GRS (Global Response Staff) Contractor. His time with GRS lasted from 2006-2013.
In 2013 Mr. Reames was injured in Kabul Afghanistan and he decided to retire from contracting. With his military time and contracting time, Mr. Reames has a combined 10 years’ experience working through out Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa. His time in the red zone as an operator is well over 2000 days during those years working over seas. Mr. Reames now is the owner and Lead Instructor of DTM Shooting & Tactics (Don’t Tread on Me). Mr. Reames continues to consult and helps teach with his war time experience to Law Enforcement, Federal Agents/Military and civilians with various tactics to include shooting skills, CQB (Close Quarters Battles) Hostage Rescue, hand to hand combat with edge weapons, vehicle defensive tactics and many more.
Mr. Reames also recently competed on the Discovery Channel on the T.V. show American Tarzan and has also been interviewed several times by Alex Jones on Info Wars. Aside from his Military and Contracting career, Mr. Reames has a BA in Political Science and is currently half way through his Master’s Degree in History. Tim on his spare time enjoys time at the gym, at the gun range, and time with his family and his dogs.
Jeni Raymond is a blessed wife and mom of two beautiful girls. She is devoted to working hard to help carry out the vision of CC4C. Jeni is a member of the National Charity League where she actively volunteers and serves as the liaison for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. She is also committed to running as a hero and sponsor for the JDRF Run for a Reason program in the Chevron Houston Marathon 2014 and 2015. She was a competitive figure skater and coach for more than 20 years. Jeni began running in high school and ran one year of track in college. She is qualified for the Boston marathon and has finished four marathons, she enjoys running 5Ks, 10Ks, and half-marathons. Her purpose for running races is to promote awareness and hope for her CC4C teammate, Bryce.
Known as The Health Engineer, Garrett has taken his education in Physics and Engineering and applied it into a system for making the human body better. Lead by the belief that all humans have a virtually unlimited potential to adapt to any environment, heal from trauma, and achieve the greatest desires of their hearts, he is driven to develop and share techniques that help people take charge of their lives and realize this potential within themselves. To that end, he has spent years combining an advanced understanding of physiology with the best practices from diverse training and therapeutic practices, and constantly pushed these processes by using technology to accelerate them further. Garrett opened the NeuFit facility in 2009 in Austin, TX, where he began sharing these methods in his community. Since then has worked with people of all ages and in almost all situations, helping them get out of pain, improve performance, and live life at a higher level. He is ecstatically in love with his wife, Briana, and their two daughters, Gwenny and Gemma.
Cassie was born and raised in Texas and attended Lake Travis High School where she was Captain of the Cavalette Dance Team. After receiving her degree from Texas A&M, she went on to marry Creed Ford IV in 2002. They have 2 adventure-loving sons, Creed V, 10 years old and Max who is 7 years old. Cassie is very active in the family restaurant business and owns her own real estate development company. On her off time she loves sports; tennis, golf, and boating. She is a 3rd generation Greek filled with passion to support her community and many endeavors. She is looking forward to raising awareness for children and especially getting to know Lily her champion.
Ryan is from Alamo California and stayed in the Bay Area through his time as an undergraduate at Stanford University. At Stanford he was Captain of the Football Team and graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Science, Technology and Society.
Ryan met his wife, Shelley, at Stanford where she was a Captain of the Gymnastics Team and 2011 graduate as well. They have 1 daughter, Mae Sutton Whalen, who is 5 months old.
Professionally, Ryan serves as Leasing Associate with the industrial leasing division of Live Oak where he is focused on procuring lease transactions, tenant retention and business development. Ryan’s prior experience includes being a member of the National Football League as a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals. In his off time, Ryan loves sports, outdoor activities, reading, hunting, and spending time with family and the church. He is looking forward to raising awareness for children and especially getting to know Belle, his champion.
Singer-songwriter Drew Womack first hit the national recording scene with his band, Sons of the Desert out of Waco, TX. They signed with Epic Records in 1997 and their debut album, “Whatever Comes First”, spawned several country radio hits including the title track, which charted in the Billboard Top 10.
Life hasn’t been easy for Drew – having experienced a serious and debilitating health issue that threatened his life in the past.
But today, Womack’s health is restored. Nearly a decade after being forced to step out of the spotlight, he is cured and pain free. He’s also now back to making music his way.
This summer, Womack releases a new album “Sunshine To Rain” under Blue Lightning Records; a label that he co-owns. The album marks a new musical approach; a retro-modern sound Womack jokingly refers to as “Gangsta Folk.” The album includes twelve songs that reveal an intimate snapshot of the singer-songwriter’s recent experiences; songs that reflect a struggle that forced him out of the spotlight, and nearly cost his career.
Shannon is a co-founder and trainer of Raw Power Gym and head group exercise coordinator. She is an NASM certified personal trainer. Shannon is both an accomplished endurance athlete as well as a former national and world record holder in power-lifting at 97 lbs and 105 lbs weight class. To be a part of CC4C means more than Shannon can express because she feels like she can make a difference. She hopes to be an empowering influence to her teammate, Emory
SUSTAINING CHAMPION TEAMMATES
Desiree Ficker Berry – Professional Runner & Triathlete
Erica Brennes – TV Broadcasting
Joe Berti – Health & Fitness Entrepreneur, Marathoner
Mark Calaway – “The Undertaker” WWE Champion Wrestler
Michelle Calaway – WWE Diva Champion Wrestler
Paul Carmona – Attorney, Philanthropist, Marathon Coach & Runner
Bob Dorsett – Attorney & Community Leader
Marathoner, David Garza – Triathlete & Fitness Instructor
Holly Mills-Gardner – TV, Film Actress & Radio Host, Miss Texas USA 1998
Mitch Gaylord – Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast
Maria Groten – Ironman & Marathon Finisher, Cycling Instructor
Heath Hale – Legendary Texas Auctioneer
Mark Henry – American Powerlifter, Olympic Weightlifter, WWE Wrestler & Producer
Jack Ingram – American Country Music Artist
Laci Jones – Attorney & Triathlete, Sarah Marshall – Corporate & Agency Communications, Marathoner
Annelie Nabben – Owner at Anneliefit Program
Thomas O’Connor – Diagnostic Specialist & Marathoner
Gary Osborn – Manager of Austin Radio & Marathoner
Reese Ryan – CEO at Ryan Sanders Baseball
Tony Schumacher – American drag racer who is an eight-time, NHRA Champion, Spirit 105.9 Radio
Suzy Seeley – Marathoner completing over 200 and only woman to complete
marathons in 50 states in sub-4 hours
Tanya Streeter – world-record free diver, TV personality, environmentalist and
sought-after public speaker, Tara Williams – Cancer Survivor & Marathoner.
Spirit 105.9 – Radio Station
Ashley Yarborough – Raven + Lily, Miss Texas 2010