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Halifax County Cancer Association leader resigns

Halifax County Cancer Association (HCCA) Executive Director Rhonda Reaves has announced she is resigning her position with the organization effective Nov. 15.

The announcement, which came in an e-mail to the HCCA Board of Directors, stated Reaves would turn over all records and materials to President Julie Dunavant effective Monday, Nov. 15.

“I love my job, and this has not been an easy decision to make.  I have so much faith in what God has in store for me next and look forward to what the future holds.

“I am so blessed to have the opportunity to help serve our community for the past 15 years.  Halifax County is so blessed to have a local cancer association to provide hope and meet the needs of those in our community facing cancer,” she said.

“I am so thankful to have made so many wonderful friendships and had the opportunity to work with you,” she wrote in the email to the HCCA directors.  “You are such kind, loving friends that not only support me and my efforts, but have so graciously worked to help others...   Again, thank you for your love and support.  May God bless you for all you do,” she said.

When contacted at her home over the weekend, Reaves heaped praised on the HCCA describing the organization as “phenomenal.”

“I want only the best for the patients,” she added.

Reaves said she is leaving with only positive things to say for the organization and “firmly believing everything happens for a reason.”

After much prayer, Reaves said she feels “this move is the right decision for me and my family. It’s hard. This is not an easy thing to do.”

She described her work over the past 15 years with the HCCA as “a passion” as well as a huge part of her life.
“But I feel the time is right to step down at this time,” she said. “I wish nothing but the best for this wonderful organization and those who have devoted their time to helping others.”

She concluded thanking the HCCA board of directors for its faithful support shown to her as she has arrived at this difficult decision.

Members of the HCCA board of directors were notified in an e-mail Sunday morning of an emergency meeting of the HCCA board. The meeting has been set for Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church.