How the Bainbridge community can help those fighting breast cancer

Published 3:43 pm Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Nearing the end of September, the community starts to anticipate the changing colors of fall, but another color is soon to splash itself on doorways, newspapers and bulletins. That is the color pink that appears on the cleats of professional NFL players and women wear it more than usual. As October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, it is our hope that the community not only takes to heart the knowledge distributed about breast cancer and disease prevention, but that they also learn of ways to help local people that are suffering from the sickness that has taken many mothers, aunts and grandmothers away.
Most everyone knows of the American Cancer Society or even of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, but not many know of the Decatur County Breast Cancer Support Group.
This organization does not take funds and send it to cancer research in a laboratory (which is still important and valuable) but it keeps donations local, helping aid women who are going through breast cancer currently.
The organization buys wigs, clothes, even hats for women losing their hair. It pays for gas for women to travel to their treatment each day. Some women have to travel to Dothan daily to receive treatment and can’t exactly afford to pay the gas bill to get there. The Decatur County Breast Cancer Support Group is there to help in all of the situations.
The community will have an opportunity to reach out and help this organization, which is turning around and helping the community. On Saturday, Sept. 28, the support group will have their annual luncheon and fashion show. The event will be held at First United Methodist Church on Shotwell Street in the J.O. Smith building at noon Saturday. Tickets are $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased by going to the First National Bank of Decatur County or Bainbridge Vision Clinic.
Help throw a lifeline out to those women in Decatur County going through breast cancer or those that are in remission. For more information contact Linda Long, (229) 246-8846.
There are a limited number of tickets, so call promptly to reserve some. Donations are also accepted.
The organization is also selling large, pink wooden bresat cancer ribbons for the doorways of breast cancer supporters in town.

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