From staff reports
From September to November, Georgia Cancer Support (GCS) has scheduled several events to raise money and support for their service to the afflicted cancer patients of Central Georgia.
Robbie White, a colon cancer survivor and the founder of GCS, decided something needed to be done for the people she encountered on a daily basis who did not have the funds to supply themselves with the elementary medicines needed to make cancer treatment tolerable.
“I saw a lot of people in my situation not receiving the support I was able to receive and I wanted it for them,” White said. “I saw people that needed a ride home from chemo sitting around, sometimes for hours, waiting on someone to pick them up. I saw people who couldn’t pay the co-pays for nausea medicine, prescriptions or mouthwash for sores in their mouths. It became my passion to help cancer patients that needed help.”
With that motivating factor in mind, White and her team of dedicated volunteers came up with numerous events which will raise the significant money needed in order to supply the cancer patients with the resources they so desperately need.
“The difference between GCS and other cancer organizations is we are a Christian-based organization which operates off donations and fundraisers,” White said. “One hundred percent of the money collected goes back to the cancer patients needs and to operate this company only. Everyone that is involved with GCS is not paid for their services. Our goal is to help with the quality of life in each cancer patient that requests our help.”
The events are as follows:
• October through November: When ordering a two-topping pizza from Papa John’s Pizza, enter GCS in the code box and Papa John’s will donate $1 to GCS;
• Oct. 13: Childre Nissan will be hosting a Sell-A-Thon for GCS, donating $100 for every car they sell. GCS will also be raffling tickets for the University of Georgia versus Georgia Institute of Technology football game during this event;
• Oct. 20: A golf tournament, dinner and live auction will take place at the Milledgeville Country Club. There will be 25 teams of four players each. Anyone has the opportunity to purchase any of the 18 holes for $100 or sponsor a team for $450. Vendors are also able to donate $100 to set up a booth at the event to sell their merchandise. Patrons can end the evening with a delicious dinner after a $30 donation;
• Oct. 27: Georgia Kraft Company, located in Macon, will be donating 100 smoked Boston Butts to GCS, each selling for $100; and
• November: Fitness Plus, Sports Fit and Yummo Yogo will be sponsoring a 5K race, at which sponsors and volunteers are still needed.
White is hoping to gather the needed supplies in order to care for as many patients as possible.
“My hope for the future is to get more communities involved here in Georgia and that many lives will be changed and helped,” White said. “We have a responsibility to help others that are in need. It could be you or a loved one tomorrow. My hope is for you to get involved in making a difference in someone’s life today.”
GCS is a Christian-based, nonprofit organization that dedicates their efforts to assisting all types of cancer patients in need. Since founded in 2011, GCS raises money through gracious donations and various events to provide resources and other means of support for the patients. Numerous lives have already been touched through the Christ-like love GCS spreads.
For more information on this topic or to schedule an interview, contact White at (478) 731-9390, visit www.gacancersupport.com, or like the Georgia Cancer Support Facebook page.
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