Meet Hillary Blackburn
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Friday, May 26, 2017
By mccaffrey photography
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We are so honored to feature Hilary in this series. It is wonderful to meet women who care and give back in such a big way! Hillary is a wife and professional, but still finds time in her busy schedule to give to our community! Read more about her and her favorite charity. Thank you Hillary for a great session.


Tell us about you, your family and your work (if applicable)- 

Having been born in Tennessee and transplanted to Mississippi where I grew up, I love that I have returned to my Tennessee roots for many reasons, mostly because I met my wonderful husband here! Chad Blackburn, my husband, and I have been married for two years, and we enjoy staying involved in our community and our church and spending time with friends and family. I also spend a lot of my time volunteering with the Nashville Ballet and the Junior League. Additionally, Chad and I enjoy practicing healthy lifestyles together which includes among other activities participating in triathlons. During my childhood, I enjoyed participating in all sports, and I am so happy that Chad and I found each other in part so that my childhood passion for an active lifestyle can continue with my lifetime partner, my husband. Growing up in Mississippi as the only child of Bret and Gina Freeman, I have embraced the extended family that marriage has afforded me! For example, now I have a sister (in-law), Mary Morgan Ketchel, who is also honored in this series! During my childhood, I always knew I wanted to follow in my parents' footsteps and find a profession wherein I could serve others, so I chose a career in pharmacy to help me reach that goal. Following graduation from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and a year of residency, I now serve as the Director of Pharmaceutical Services at Dispensary of Hope, a national non-profit organization centered in Nashville as a part of Saint Thomas Hospital and dedicated to insuring that the uninsured have vital access to needed medications 




Tell us your favorite charity and why it is your favorite charity.

electing my favorite charity was an easy decision because it is such a huge part of my life. Dispensary of Hope, the charitable medication distribution company, is my favorite charity, and I have the privilege of serving with this organization.  While I was in pharmacy school, I served as an intern during the summers with the pharmacy department of the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in Washington, D.C. These internships provided me insight into the importance of insuring that the uninsured have access to needed medications in order not only to reduce, for example, repeated hospitalizations but also to improve quality of life. My visits to the clinics and hospitals which are utilizing Dispensary of Hope for this purpose has allowed me a glimpse into the lives that Dispensary of Hope is helping to make  a positive impact. Seeing their faces and hearing their stories allow me to know that I did choose the right profession because it is allowing me to serve others and to help make a difference in their lives. 




How can the community help your charity?

Dispensary of Hope is supported by Saint Thomas Health and receives donations through the Saint Thomas Health Foundation as well as numerous other groups including, HCA, BlueCross BlueShield and others.  I love sharing about my work and welcome questions about how Dispensary of Hope works and helps.


What does beautiful mean to you?

Most would describe beauty in traditional terms as possessing a quality that is pleasing in a sensory manner, such as to the eyes or ears. I agree that a landscape or a person's face, for example, can be pleasing to the eye and, therefore, "beautiful." Likewise, the melody of a song as created by instruments or a human voice can be pleasing to the ear and, therefore, "beautiful." However, I believe that this traditional definition must be extended to include spiritual or inward beauty, the kind of beauty that touches your soul. The warm inward glow felt as a reaction to an act of kindness is a response to "beauty" that touches your soul. While physical beauty cannot be denied as it serves a valued place in life--imagine life without "beautiful" flowers and birds and sunrises and sunsets and voices lifted in song or in prayer, neither can spiritual or inward beauty be overlooked. I want to look for the inward as well as outward beauty in others and hope that they look for--and find!!--the same in me.



What makes you happy?

Being with family and friends and doing things that I love, such as being outside and travelling make me happy.  To me, happiness is a choice that often starts with being grateful. 


What is an inspirational quote that resonates with you?

I've always tried to follow Luke 12:48: "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."  I believe that we must use our God given talents to His glory and to give back to help others.


What was your experience like having a "Women with Heart" session?

I am so honored to be a part of this series! Erin helped me to feel relaxed and special and I believe she captured some timeless pictures of me that my family and I will always cherish.

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