Posted on 04/11/2013

It’s no surprise the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia holds fundraising events in South Georgia to support their work fighting cancer. However, a recent special donation did come as a surprise.

Victoria Natoli, a local 11-year-old girl and her friend McKenzie decided that they didn’t need to attend an event in order to make a difference. Instead, Victoria and McKenzie asked neighbors close to Victoria’s grandparents for donations to help fight breast cancer. Raising $31.30, the two girls were determined that the money would be used to help local residents, so they donated it all to the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia.

To say Victoria’s family has been touched by breast cancer would be an understatement – her mother and both of her grandmothers are survivors. In Victoria’s words, “There are three big reasons I wanted to raise money for breast cancer. The first reason is my grandma, Mimi and my momma.” Being close to them all through their treatment struggles has made a lasting impression on youth Victoria. She writes, “The other reason is because I don’t want any other young or older kids to have to go through what I had to go through so I have raised money with my friend McKenzie to let ladies get scanned for breast cancer.”

“All the staff members here were touched and inspired by Victoria’s kind heart,” said Diane Fletcher, CEO of the Cancer Coalition. “Any donation, no matter how large or small, makes a difference. Thirty-one dollars won’t end breast cancer here, but it certainly can help an uninsured woman receive a mammogram which may save her life.”

“We are grateful that these two young women decided to help support the Cancer Coalition in honor of family members ho have been touched by cancer. It is rare to see such selfless actions in such young individuals,” added Emily Jorgenson, the Cancer Coalitions’ Communications Coordinator.

Victoria chose to donated to the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia to ensure the money stays right here. 100% of every donation to the Cancer Coalition is used for their education, research or screening programs in local communities.

The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization exclusively serving 32 counties in South Georgia with cancer screening and other services, research, education and outreach. For more information about the Cancer Coalition or for photos of events, visit or their Facebook Page.

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