by David Shivers
The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia has begun a fundraising to benefit its screening activities across the 32 counties it covers in this part of the state. “Cancer Stomp” kicked off on August 1 and will continue until September 14.
Melissa Goodin, development director for the coalition, spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County on August 5 about the effort. She provided details about fundraising events and challenges and how businesses and individuals can get involved.
It’s the first time the cancer coalition, established in 2003, has ever held a fundraising campaign, Goodin said.
Goodin noted past questions of whether the coalition is connected to the American Cancer Society. “They are a national organization and we are a local organization,” she said, adding that all funds the coalition raises will stay here to support the Community Cancer Screening Program. Last year 685 people were screened in the region, and this year breast and cervical screening were added to the screening program, increasing the need for additional funding.
According to information provided by Goodin, “Our activities fill gaps by providing cancer resources that currently may not be available in our region. We partner with hospitals, public health departments, universities and community groups to give residents and healthcare professionals increased access to cancer prevention, screening, education, research, and treatment.”
The six-week campaign consists of team fundraising and challenges and three fundraising events: “Dueling Pianos” on August 17 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Nelson Tift Building downtown, an evening of musical talent and humor for $35/person; and on September 14, the Walk to Remember, 9 a.m. (registration at 8:30) and the Carnival of Hope from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with games, prizes, and family fun. The events will be held on property owned by Phoebe Putney Health System off Meredyth Drive adjacent to The Veranda medical building.
The team or business Cancer Stomp options include Casual Stomp, Auto Dealer Stomp, Dine & Stomp, Stomp Prints, Carnival Booth Host, and Business Sponsorships.
People can form a fundraising/walk team at work, church, or a civic group. Businesses can sign up to accept a challenge; sell “prints” or have change cans; “go casual” or purchase customized t-shirts; or sponsor a carnival booth. Individuals are encouraged to support businesses participating in challenges, attend Cancer Stomp events, or order a customized shirt.
Anyone interested in participating or seeking further information can contact Goodin at Melissa.Goodin@sgacancer.org or by phone at 312-1706.