MILLEDGEVILLE — More than 130 cancer patients in the central Georgia area have received aid in the form of funds, supplies, transportation or just companionship since Georgia Cancer Support (GCS) was established in 2011.
“Sometimes patients need a ride home from a doctor’s visit, and volunteers can help pick up groceries, take a patient out to eat, or help write cards to brighten up their day,” said Robbie White, founder of GCS and a colon cancer survivor.
White and her team of volunteers have planned several activities and events throughout the year to raise money to continue providing cancer patients with support and resources they desperately need.
“We’re becoming more and more resourceful and working with other organizations to provide needs for these cancer patients. We can’t pay major bills but we can tackle the small things,” White said. “We’re a Christian-based ministry and our number one goal is to let cancer patients know that there is hope and they can be healed through Jesus.”
Upcoming events include:
• May 25: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., area cancer patients, families, sponsors and the community are invited to Gordon and Denise Beal’s pond for a fishing rodeo. The free event is in partnership with Jay’s HOPE Foundation. Professional fishermen will provide fishing lessons while Elite Gymnastics will conduct various activities. Adult and children cancer patients will have the chance to win door prizes while the boy and girl who catches the most fish will win a fishing rod and reel. Those interested in attending must contact White by May 21 to receive a free lunch provided by an area restaurant. The Beal’s pond is located at 141 Salem Church Dr. off Highway 49;
• June 11: From 5 to 8 p.m., Chick-fil-A will donate a portion of revenues to local teenager Josh Thompson who is diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Noell Craig will donate matching funds raised from the event to GCS. T-shirts for Thompson will be available and Georgia Battery will raffle off a battery charger; and