Cancer STOMP raises $13,000

ALBANY — A recent Albany campaign aimed at continuing the fight against cancer in south Georgia ended with glowing results.

The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia completed its inaugural Cancer STOMP fundraising campaign in Albany last month, raising more than $13,000, officials with the Cancer Coalition announced.

“One hundred percent 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 Diane Fletcher, CEO of the Cancer Coalition.

The campaign lasted six weeks from Aug. 1 through the end of September. Events were held for the community such as Dueling Pianos on Aug. 17 at the Nelson Tift Building — an evening where attendees were able to hear their requests played by two piano players.

During the campaign, area businesses and individuals were able to raise funds throughout the course of the campaign by selling STOMP prints, competing with other businesses by raising money through donations from their proceeds, placing donation cans in their offices or stores and participating in the Walk to Remember and Carnival of Hope on Sept. 14 in the area between The Veranda and Meredyth Place.

The walk and carnival events were the culmination of the campaign and featured a reflective one-mile walk, a Wall of Fighters as well as a family carnival with games, snacks, music and other activities.

“The walk and carnival were a way for the Cancer Coalition to thank our supporters, remember those lost to cancer and honor cancer survivors. We are here to better prevent and control cancer in our area,” said Melissa Goodin, development manager for the Cancer Coalition.

With Albany’s first Cancer STOMP wrapped up, officials with the coalition say they are taking the campaign to other communities in its 32-county region with events in Miller County currently in the planning phase.

The Cancer Coalition provides cancer education, screening and early detection, research, outreach and other services in south Georgia’s communities. The funds raised through Cancer STOMP directly support the coalition’s Community Cancer Screening Program. In corporation with health care partners, the Cancer Coalition’s Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities employs navigators who assist patients through the screening program with their cancer education and screening needs. Each navigator provides one-on-one education and assists patients in getting access to free or low-cost screening services, providing for mammograms, Pap tests and colonoscopies to eligible residents.

Information on upcoming events and how to get involved in the mission is available at www.cancerstomp.com.