January 29, 2009

Cancer Fund Gearing Up For Fifth Annual Benefit Supper

The Scotland County Cancer Fund has come a long way since its humble start five years ago. The local charity created by a handful of volunteers that envisioned neighbors helping neighbors has witnessed its ability to provide financial support for local cancer victims grow substantially.

Since the organization began in 2004, it has been able to help Scotland County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer, said board member Kim Nicoli. When we started we were only able to give $50 per person per year, but thanks to overwhelming support of the community with donations and memorials we are now able to give each person $750 to help assist with unexpected expenses that occur when undergoing cancer treatments.

The Cancer Fund is used to help victims to offset fuel costs for travel, lodging and other expenses associated with receiving cancer treatment.

The Cancer Fund will host its Fifth Annual Ham & Bean Supper and benefit auction at the Memphis V.F.W. on Saturday evening, February 28th. The meal will start at 6:00 p.m.

Anyone wishing to make a donation for the benefit auction can contact any of the board members, Margaret Curry, Dave Trueblood, Brenda Wilson, Chris Tinkle or Nicoli.

The group is also selling raffle tickets for a Brinkman stainless steel grill, which can be seen in the window at Scotts Home Center. Tickets will be $10 each. Tickets are being sold for a Nintendo Wii for $5 each or 5 for $20. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can contact any of the board members.

Curry indicated that last years benefit, combined with memorials and other donations allowed the Cancer Fund to raise more than $17,250.

All the money is raised locally and it all stays here to help people in Scotland County, said Curry. Last year we helped local cancer victims with more than $14,000 in financial aid.

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