Community Responds to Cancer Needs

Promotion for my Run for Cancer is in its second week. I'm trying to raise money for the Anderson Cancer Center's Patient Benevolence Fund, and also increase awareness in healthy living and getting regular checkups by running in the Rocket City Marathon Dec. 13 in Huntsville, Ala.

So far nearly $2,000 has been raised. I'd like to see the fund exceed the $5,500 raised through my 2007 marathon.

The center has been in partnership with WTOK-TV and The Community Foundation of East Mississippi for two calender years.

Last year, money raised went to help those who needed transportation, medicines and other things related to their cancer. These are needs that are not covered by other sources.

The man who heads the Jeff Anderson Regional Cancer Center is Wayne Herrington. He said employees recognized the needs and started the Benevolence Fund. It has been very successful.

"It makes things a little bit better," said Herrington. "We have patients that they're caregivers, when they become ill with cancer. And things get really bad for these people. And so, we're able to help just a little bit. We can't do everything for everyone, but as we talk to these people and find out the needs, the social services department is able to administer some of this money to these people. Just a little bit makes a world of difference."

This year's fundraiser received a boost from the Plum Creek Foundation, which donated $4,000 up front.

"This is a way of making sure our people are helped," said Herrington. "And every bit of this money helps our patients here that are undergoing cancer treatments."

You may find out how to donate by clicking on the link below.

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