On Saturday, October 4, the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia hosted the inaugural Terrell County Cancer STOMP Walk & Carnival. The event celebrated the completion of the Coalition’s first-annual fundraising campaign in Terrell County raising more than $4,300. “100% of these funds remain right here in South Georgia to fight cancer in our local communities. This is the most important message of the Cancer STOMP campaign,” said Jennifer Johnston, CFO/COO of the Cancer Coalition and the event coordinator.
During the campaign, local businesses and individuals raised funds by selling STOMP prints, placing donation cans in their offices or stores, and participating in the Walk & Carnival event. Johnston added, “We are so grateful to our presenting sponsor Golden Peanut Company and our other sponsors: Massey Wholesale, McCleskey Cotton, Piggly Wiggly, Moseley Drug Company, Southwest Georgia Farm Credit, Dawson Pharmacy, Badcock &more and Mark’s Melon Patch for their generous support.”
The family-friendly day included a reflective walk followed by physical activities, snacks, music and recognition of support. Casey Perkins, Communications Coordinator for the Cancer Coalition, stated “Cancer STOMP isn’t just about raising funds for our work. It is a way for the Cancer Coalition and the community to share information about cancer, remember those lost to cancer and honor survivors. As part of our mission to prevent cancer and increase survival among the people of South Georgia, we educated community members about the high rates of cancer and obesity and showed families easy ways to be active and become healthier.”
The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia works in 32 counties to provide cancer related service, education, research and outreach. The Cancer Coalition has partnered with Dawson Medical Center since 2008 to provide more than 400 cancer screenings. The Coalition also conducts research studies which include important local data, and has begun an initiative in the Terrell County School System to facilitate the adoption of the state’s model 100% tobacco-free policy. “Every dollar donated to the Cancer Coalition helps support our work in South Georgia,” said Johnston. “The people of Terrell County can be proud of their first Cancer STOMP and the impact it will have on the LOCAL fight against cancer.”
To learn more about the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia and to get involved, please visit www.sgacancer.org or call 229-312-1700.