MILLEDGEVILLE — Nearly 160 area cancer patients are needing more than just monetary donations. Georgia Cancer Support (GCS) hopes to alleviate everyday chores and emotional stress for cancer patients with the help of community volunteers, but limited volunteer support has made it difficult to provide aid for simple tasks.
“We at Georgia Cancer Support get to help cancer patients and we get the blessings of people who receive help. We want the community to see these cancer patients, help them and get a blessing in return, but our number one problem is getting people to help us,” said Robbie White, GCS founder. “We have about 158 cancer patients and over 47 of those patients are continually coming back; their situation doesn’t get fixed overnight. We’re averaging five to 10 new patients each month and we’re getting a lot of calls from outside our area. Money is great, but there are a lot of people that need additional services, like someone to call and check on them, or take them to pick up their medicines or groceries.”
In an effort to encourage more community volunteers to assist in extending the mission of GCS by helping cancer patients and their families, individuals, schools, churches and organizations will be recognized and rewarded at the end of the year with a $500 cash award for earning the most volunteer points. Each hour of service or activity earns one point. The Community Service Award will be given in early January 2015.
“People can help us raise money by helping with our events, or they can start their own fundraiser for [GCS] to collect donations and earn extra points for creativity. Everybody has value, whether they give one hour, 20 hours or 100 hours,” White said. “This award is for anyone in Georgia. We can provide ideas for fundraisers that are outside of what we do, but our committee has to approve it first. Every time someone volunteers, they will be recognized on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages.”