Cancer Awareness campaign hits a home run

Posted October 3, 2012 at 5:00 am

The Akron GFWC Friendship & Service Club held fundraisers for Cancer Awareness this summer along with the help of the Lady Westerners Softball Team scoring a huge success.

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GFWC Friendship & Service Club member Cindy Foley (r) presents June E. Nylen Cancer Center with a fundraising proceeds check from the Cancer Awareness Fund Development Director Pat Hubbard.

The girls’ high school players wore pink jerseys for a couple of home games as well as for their Akron Tournament. Friendship & Service Club members set up tables with donation jars and sold pink T-shirts (see center of photo) and other related items to raise funds for the June E. Nylen Cancer Center, which serves the greater Siouxland area.

The “team” efforts of everyone involved help to rally the community into a very successful donation being made!

Cindy Foley, a cancer survivor herself, presented Pat Hubbard, Director of Fund Development at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City, with a $1,000 check from the Club!

The Cancer Center provides services in the Tri-State area and cancer knows no bounds.

There are many in our community here who have been affected by cancer, whether it be themselves, a neighbor or someone they love. Not only does cancer take its physical toll on the person who is fighting it but it also takes a financial toll that affects the whole family. The patient not only suffers from the added expenses of treatment but usually loses time and money from work.

At the June E. Nylen Cancer Center, they have a patient assistance fund that helps out patients in other ways than just on the medical side.

Cindy knows firsthand what it was like fighting her breast cancer, not being able to work full-time, while the family struggled trying to make ends meet with all the usual expenses of heat, lights, mortgage, food, gas, etc., let alone the added medical bills with weekly chemotherapy treatments for 16 weeks, then daily radiation for another six weeks, and then the checkups to follow.

The patient assistance fund helped her and her family at times with food or even just toilet paper, as well as heating assistance and transportation. The Cancer Center has drivers who will come to Akron to pick up patients to bring them to their treatment in Sioux City, wait for them, and then return them to Akron. It’s another service they provide for patients without charge.

Every little bit helps to ease the stress that happens in someone’s life while they are fighting the cancer.

On behalf of the Akron GFWC Friendship & Service Club and the Lady Westerners Softball Team, we would like to thank everyone in the community who helped toward raising the money donated to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center. We couldn’t have done it without your support.

We are going to continue to raise funds throughout the year for such a worthy cause with the help of the A-W Girls Volleyball Team and the Girls Basketball Team. Look for future dates when will be helping to fight the fight against cancer!

Make plans to come and enjoy the Scarecrow Festival on September 15 in the Akron Park to see our Cancer Survivor Scarecrow!

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