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FCCF's Carnival in the Park is Saturday

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By The Staff

The Fayette County Cancer Fund will once again be holding the Carnival in the Park to help raise funds to assist cancer patients living in Fayette County.
This year’s event will be held from 4-8 p.m. this Saturday at Rogier Park on Fillmore Street in Vandalia. In the event of rain, the carnival will be held at the Family YMCA of Fayette County on Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia.
It will include two musical groups to entertain everyone; a lot carnival games for the kids to play; pony rides; a lot of vendors offering various merchandise, with part of the proceeds being donated to the cause; facepainting; a very skilled balloon artist; bounce houses; and lots of food. Joe Thierry will bring his grill and cook for the event.
Wrist bands will be sold for $5 that allow the kids to play games the entire time; other activities range from $1-$5 each.
The organization was founded by a local group of citizens who volunteer their time to make a difference in the lives families living in Fayette County who are fighting hard to beat a variety of cancers.
It is the goal of the cancer fun to try to remove just some of the pressure off these patients, families and caregivers in any way that is needed.  All that is required is the donation request form to be filled out and signed by the treating doctor and mailed to the P.O. Box on the form.
As soon as the form is received, the applicants are contacted by a board member to meet. The assistance is immediate; they are given assistance at the meeting.
This is one of only a few groups around that is working with only their local county residents to make life a little easier through the trying times of cancer treatments. To date, the organization has assisted more than 40 cancer patients.
Some only require a small amount of assistance for a short time and others require much more for very long periods of time. No matter whether it is for a short time or longer period of time, it is very important for these patients to know that when food is needed to feed them or their family, utilities have to be paid or assistance with other things, there is someone there to help them, especially when their paycheck is lower due to less hours because of treatments or they can’t work at all and they are depending on other family member or friends for financial help.  The only requirement to get assistance from the group is that the applicant is actively seeking cancer treatments and lives in Fayette County.  
There is always a need for the organization to have financial assistance as well. The goal is to be able to assist any and all active cancer patients for year and years to come.
Anyone who would like to be involved with the group can attend their regular public meetings, held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at the Fayette County Hospital large conference room.