Posted on 01/06/2014

Pictured L-R: Denise Ballard (VP Cancer Prevention and Control, Cancer Coalition of South Georgia); Mandy Waters (Teller, Flint Community Bank); Pam McDonald (Senior Vice President, Flint Community Bank); Melissa Goodin (Development Manager, Cancer Coalition of South Georgia)

Cancer Coalition of South Georgia is calling 2014 “A Year for Hope”. The non-profit organization which serves 32 South Georgia counties through services (cancer screenings), education, research and outreach is looking forward to a new year of opportunities to bring hope about cancer to the people of South Georgia.

“2013 was an exciting year for the Cancer Coalition,” says Development Manager Melissa Goodin. “We are excited about 2014 because of progress we made during 2013, in part due to a new partnership with a local business.” Pam McDonald at Flint Community Bank in Albany contacted the Cancer Coalition about raising funds for the organization during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As Goodin explains, “The bank employees wanted to do something big to honor cancer survivors and support research, awareness and outreach for this disease that has touched so many in South Georgia.”

The bank offered customers and community members several ways to support the cause including a tree of ribbons in the bank’s lobby and t-shirts featuring a special pink ribbon tree logo. “The cornerstone of the event, however, was the 2013 HOPE Bracelet,” said Flint Community Bank Senior Vice President Pam McDonald. “The leather and pink pearl bracelets were each handmade by members of the bank staff. It’s this kind of commitment to local, hometown people that made this partnership with the Cancer Coalition so perfect for us at Flint.”

Flint Community Bank raised a remarkable total of more than $4,500 for Cancer Coalition of South Georgia’s work. Cancer Coalition CEO Diane Fletcher stated that the organization would not exist without the support of local businesses and dedication of individuals who realize the impact of fighting cancer locally.

The Cancer Coalition will kick off 2014 with two events in February. A Night for Hope will be held on Friday, February 1st. A black-tie fundraising gala, A Night for Hope will include dinner and live entertainment as well as live and silent auctions. The event will honor community philanthropist and cancer survivor Henrietta Singletary and will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Albany. On Saturday, February 22nd the third-annual RIDE for HOPE will be held at Tony’s Gym in Albany. This year, Spinning® International Master Instructor and former professional cyclist Josh Taylor will return to lead two thrilling rides.

Those interested in tickets for the gala, participating in the rides or sponsorship of either event, please contact Melissa Goodin, Development Manager at 229-312-1706, 229-312-1700 or online at

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