March 3, 2011

Cancer Fund to Host 7th Annual Benefit

The National Cancer Institute estimates that 11.4 million Americans were living with a personal history of Cancer in 2006 according to some of the latest numbers. With an additional 1.5 million people estimated to be diagnosed with cancer in 2010 according to the Cancer Facts and Figures 2010 report by the American Cancer Society, the amount of the nation touched directly by the disease continues to grow.

Under those figures, odds are someone close to you has been touched by the disease. That's the belief of the Scotland County Cancer Fund, which was built on the premise of neighbors helping neighbors.

Since its inception in 2004 the Scotland County Cancer Fund has worked to raise money to benefit local families battling the disease. In its first year, the cancer fund offered $50 to victims and their families to help offset some of the costs of seeking treatment. The local charity is now able to offer $750 per person, per year to assist with unexpected expenses that occur when undergoing cancer treatments such as fuel, lodging and other travel costs incurred when attending doctor visits.

The Cancer Fund will host its 7th annual free-will offering ham and bean supper at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5th at the Memphis V.F.W. Following the dinner, patrons will have a chance to participate in a benefit auction, bidding on items such as a 6-month membership at the Scotland County Fitness Center as well as gift certificates from area merchants and much more. All proceeds benefit the Cancer Fund.

For more information on the event or to make a donation for the auction you can contact any of the following board members: Margaret Curry (465-7275), David Trueblood (465-8501), Kim Nicoli (465-7753), Brenda Wilson (465-8921), Jeff Behrens (465-8579), Chris Tinkle (465-7135) or Reva Triplett (465-2837).

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