Brandy Pearl talks about her own passions

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- You've probably seen her in the crowd at UT basketball games, or right next to her husband, Bruce Pearl, at most events.

But you probably don't know much about Brandy Pearl, until now. She sat down exclusively with Volunteer TV's Allison Kropff to offer a glimpse into her life and her passions.

Life is a bit more fast-paced for this East Tennessee girl, after marrying one of the biggest personalities at UT, Bruce Pearl.

It's a crazy life, and it's not as glamorous as people think, but it has so many positive things and I'm very blessed, I'm a lucky girl," she says.

Brandy Pearl is soft-spoken and calls Bruce her best friend.

"I think God put him in my life because we just complement each other very well, we understand each other and we make it work. We're a good team."

She says she's Coach Pearl's "calm" to his storm. While he yells on the court, she sits quiet and supportive in the stands.

"I get excited and I get nervous, but I keep myself composed."

With Bruce, Brandy is co-chairing "An Evening in Orange.," an event that raises money for UT Medical Center's Cancer Institute. It's a cause near and dear to her because a friend has been battling breast cancer for the last year.

"I had the opportunity to go with her to the hospital and to go treatments with her and to really see what a person goes through, mentally and phsically, spiritually and every aspect. It really impacted me. And it really, it gave me the drive to want to help in this."

Thankfully, her friend beat cancer. And it gave Brandy an experience she'll never forget. "It changed the things in my life and in my heart to just know what people go through. If I can make a difference in that, even in a small way, it's worth all of the work and effort."

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