Fifteen years ago, Chris Glavine witnessed two young boys enduring a brave battle against cancer, and it moved her to partner with CURE Childhood Cancer to create an annual event dedicated to honoring and encouraging mothers struggling with their children’s medical journeys.

The first Quiet Heroes luncheon in 2005 raised more than $100,000. This year’s event, held recently at Flourish in Buckhead, raised $400,000. The goal of the event is to not only pay tribute to local moms dealing with stricken children, but also raise valuable funds for pediatric cancer research. Part of those funds came from a silent auction that featured tickets to an Elton John concert, a Rosemary Beach vacation package and signed sports memorabilia from current and former Atlanta Braves players (Glavine’s husband is former Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine). Former 11Alive news anchor Jill Becker, whose own son is a pediatric cancer survivor, also moderated a conversation with three special mothers who shared their stories of heartbreak and triumph.

Photos: Lynn Crow