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‘Thumbs Up’ cofounder honored for his efforts

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 9:41 am

With a warm, friendly personality, you wouldn’t know that roughly 4 years ago Roger Reynolds’ and his wife’s world was turned upside down.

That’s when their 4 1/2-year-old daughter, Charlotte Jennie “CJ” Reynolds, lost her battle against the brain tumor she fought so hard to beat. CJ was diagnosed Jan. 20, 2009 and died Jan. 7, 2010.

Roger Reynolds, of the Ashland-based CJ"s Thumbs Up Foundation.

Roger Reynolds, of the Ashland-based CJ”s Thumbs Up Foundation.

Today, Reynolds proudly wears a “CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation” shirt with an image of a thumbs up – the same logo that appears on a coffee mug situated next to him – and on his wrist, he wears a pink bracelet that reads “Prayers for Charlotte.” All these items reflect the positivity that has grown out of the Reynolds family’s hardships.

Because of the challenges the family faced, Reynolds and his wife Rachel created a non-profit organization, CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation, which honors their daughter by giving assistance to families facing the same ordeal.

With the non-profit, Reynolds, 48, and his wife, Rachel, have helped more than 100 families and given 120 grants to various individuals through the organization.

“It was pretty successful right off the bat,” Reynolds said. “We’ve been growing ever since.”

Because of Reynolds’ work with the foundation, he has been selected as one of Allen & Allen’s “Hometown Heroes,” an honor given to those who show acts of kindness and heroism in their communities.

“I feel like someone winning an academy award,” he said. “You know, it’s not me, it’s the organization. I’ve had so much help.”

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