The American Cancer Society estimates in 2016, there will be 1,685,210 new cancer cases diagnosed and 595,690 cancer deaths in the United States.
Under those figures, odds are someone close to you has been touched by the disease. Keeping this in mind, the Scotland County Cancer Fund 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 $1000 per person, per 365 days to assist with unexpected expenses that occur when undergoing cancer treatments such as fuel, lodging and other travel costs incurred when attending doctor visits.
In order to qualify for financial assistance, recipients must be residents of the county for a continuous year and actively receiving treatments.
The Scotland County Cancer Fund is hosting its 12th annual Ham & Bean Supper and Auction on Saturday, March 5th at the Memphis VFW. The supper starts at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by an auction. Some of the items that will be auctioned include quilts, Oakwood furniture, and gift certificates from area businesses.
If you have items to donate for the auction, please contact Margaret Curry, Kim Nicoli, Dave Trueblood, Chris Tinkle or Shelley Curry. You can also leave donations at the Scotland County Health Department.