The race is over, and the fund raising numbers are in.
Thanks to some last minute donors, the John & Friends fundraiser took in just over $7,000 to go toward the Cancer Patient Benevolence Fund at Anderson Cancer Center.
"This will go a long way to help patients," said Cancer Center director Wayne Herrington. "They run marathons, too. Their treatments are marathons."
Apart from the run itself this drive every year helps to raise awareness for what the benevolence fund actually does for patients. It pays for things that may not be covered by a patient's insurance.
"This has been a great way to get the public to know [about the fund]," says Herrington. "So now when we talk about the Cancer Patient Benevolence Fund, the community knows and the community responds."
But the work is not done for staff at the Anderson Cancer Center. This fund has grown so much over the past several years that hundreds of patients in need are now being helped every year, so about $5,000 dollars a month is needed to keep the fund going.
If you'd like to find out how to donate to the Cancer Patient Benevolence Fund, contact Anderson Regional Medical Center at 601-485-5081.