Cancer fund keeps money local to give aid

It has been about 2 1/2 years since a group of local residents made the decision to pull away from the American Cancer Society and form their own group to assist people battling cancer. And it appears that their decision was a wise one.
The Fayette County Cancer Fund was formed in October 2015, with the move made to ensure that donations made by individuals, businesses and organizations were used only to help local cancer patients.
Since being organized in October 2015, the FCCF has provided assistance totaling a little more than $24,000. In the past year alone, $14,532.93 of assistance was given to local cancer patients.
The cancer fund was formed by a group of residents who are either cancer survivors or caregivers for cancer patients, volunteers who have direct knowledge of what can be done to help cancer patients.
The cancer fund was able to get its start with an anonymous donation of $10,000, and donations have continued to come in since then.
What's also needed are individuals who can join with the current FCCF officers and volunteers. Those volunteers are needed to help with fundraisers and community events such as the Survivors' Dinner held recently. If you want to get involved, attend one of the FCCF monthly meetings, held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday, February-October, in the Fayette County Hospital conference room.
One of the FCCF's biggest challenges, according to Secretary Janet Elam, is finding local cancer patients who want and need assistance. If you are battling cancer or know someone who is, you can contact the FCCF by calling 363-6819.
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