- Last Updated on 08:03 AM 09/04/13
- BY Paula I. Bryant
Do you know anyone who has cancer? I don’t know many families who have not been touched in some way by this awful disease.
This year, it struck too close to my home when my husband was diagnosed with a form of leukemia. It was only four years ago that my young neighbor across the road, Caroline Laughorn, who just turned 13, was diagnosed with Pre-B ALL Leukemia at the age of 8.
These are just two of many Halifax County residents whose lives have been impacted by the C word.
It’s everywhere. Cancer attacks young and old alike, it knows no economic barriers, and it does not differentiate between the sexes.
But thankfully, a Halifax County resident suffering from cancer doesn’t have to face the ordeal alone. The Halifax County Cancer Association is there to help at no cost to cancer patients or their families.
For the past several years, I have supported the Halifax County Cancer Association with donations and by joining the association’s Club 52.
Club 52 is a way to donate $1 per week to the cancer association.
It may not sound like much, $1 per week, but it will pay for three trips to a doctor in Danville and two trips to a doctor at Duke. It will help buy a wig for a patient and help with medication costs.
Everything Executive Director Sharon Blosser and her staff of volunteers do to help county cancer patients requires money, and on Saturday, Sept. 14, we have an opportunity to help provide that money for the cancer association to be able to provide help to those who need it.
The Halifax County Cancer Association’s 9th Annual Walk for Hope will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Halifax County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
It’s not too late for you to be a part of this great event as a sponsor, volunteer or as a participant in the walk itself. Visit the HCCA website at www.gcronline.com/hcca or call the cancer association at 572-2714.
Come to the Halifax County Fairgrounds on Sept. 14 and enjoy the music, the good food and the fellowship. And please give what you can to the Halifax County Cancer Association. By supporting the local cancer association, you are giving to cancer patients in Halifax County who need your help.
Also the day before on Friday, Sept. 13, Scottsburg Dixie Youth Baseball and the Multiple Sclerosis Society are holding their annual $10,000 raffle at The Prizery.
Doors open and meals begin at 6:30 p.m. with the raffle beginning at approximately 8 p.m.
Tickets are still available for this event. They are $100 each. The ticket admits two adults 21 and over, entitles you to two catered meals, and it enters you (once) into the drawing. Anyone wishing to purchase a ticket may call Stephen Casen at 470-4606 or Randy Irby at 470-2559.
The proceeds from the raffle will be split between Scottsburg DYB and the MS Society. The Scottsburg DYB portion goes to support their league, which consists of an average of 160 boys and girls. The MS Society portion will be given in memory of Gayle B. Tharpe.
A special auction will be held at the end of the drawing to raise money for Reid Roller. He is the son of Bobby and Reya Roller of Scottsburg. Reid sustained spinal cord injuries in an automobile accident and is receiving treatment in Atlanta, Georgia.
Scottsburg Dixie Youth Baseball (SDYB) wanted to try and help Reid during this time. His daddy’s business, Parkway Servicenter, is the league’s longest standing team sponsor. This sponsorship has been going on for decades. Reid, as well as his brother Ryan, came up through the SDYB league. Both brothers have served the league as umpires for several years including through this past season.
For those who support any of these worthwhile causes, thanks for caring.