September 23, 2004

Volunteers Working To Create Scotland County Cancer Fund For Local Victims

Ask anyone that has had the terrible disease touch a friend or family member, cancer can be an expensive proposition. In an effort to help Scotland County victims of the disease, a local volunteer group is creating the Scotland County Cancer Fund.

To kick off the creation of the local group, organizers will host a washer tournament October 2nd at Johnson Park in Memphis. Teams of two contestants will compete in the event, which is similar to horseshoes. The tourney will start at 9:00 a.m.

The event will be a double elimination bracket. Rules will be posted at the park. Teams are asked to register by September 24th by calling 660-328-6225 or 660-465-7056 after 5:00 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds from the $40 per team entry fee will go toward prizes with the remainder being used to start the local cancer fund. First place will pay $100 with a $75 second place prize and a third place award of $40.

The entry fee will include lunch. The meal will be served by the Scotland County Rotary Club. Additional tickets for the pork chop sandwich meal can be purchased by non- participants for $7.00.

Organizers for the Scotland County Cancer Fund have hosted several planning meetings. Volunteers have elected the following officers, president Margaret Curry, treasurer Chris Tinkle, secretary Brenda Wilson and board members Kim Nicoli and Dave Trueblood.

Additional fundraisers are being planned to help establish the fund and publicize the organization.

Members hope the financial assets of the group will allow the fund to help offset costs of medical treatment, medicine, travel and other expenses encountered by cancer patients. Organizers stressed that the group is not meant to compete with the American Cancer Society or other established organizations. It simply is meant to help subsidize these existing financial resources and help fill the gaps when insurance and other resources do not meet all the patientís expenses.

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