ALBANY — A regional campaign to fight cancer in south Georgia is under way again.
The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia launched its 2nd annual Cancer STOMP team fundraising campaign on Aug. 1. This year, the campaign will be held in four locations in the coalition’s 32-county service region. Officials are encouraging businesses, families, schools, civic groups, religious groups and clubs to form teams and get creative to raise funds for the Cancer Coalition’s service, education, research and outreach initiatives throughout the area.
“We want people to know that there is a local organization that is fighting cancer right here in our communities,” said Coalition Development Manager Melissa Goodin. “With the Cancer Coalition, you can be assured that 100 percent of your support will stay in South Georgia to help local people.”
The Cancer STOMP fundraising campaign will wrap up with Walk & Carnival celebration events in each of the participating communities. Each event begins with a one-mile reflective walk to honor survivors and remember those lost to cancer. Honorariums are available for each walk. Carnival activities will begin after the walk, and teams can host a carnival booth, provide a fun activity, walk and/or provide entertainment.
The STOMP’s campaign Walk & Carnival events are as follows:
— Terrell County: Oct. 4., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Terrell County Recreation Fields;
— Dougherty County and Lee County: Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the grounds of Phoebe Meredyth Place/The Veranda;
— Crisp County: Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Georgia Veterans State Park;
— Tift County: Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at YMCA Soccer Fields.
Sponsorships are still available for each event, and officials say teams are needed to raise funds and also participate in the walk and celebration events. Businesses are supporting Cancer STOMP in various ways — ranging from giving donations from their sales to asking customers to make a donation.
“We are excited to continue building relationships in the 32 counties that we serve,” Cancer Coalition CEO Diane Fletcher. “Cancer STOMP is a fantastic way to bring these communities together around a common goal – the local fight against cancer. We encourage everyone to get involved.”
Last year’s campaign, which ran for a six-week period primarily in the Dougherty County area, raised more than $13,000.
For more information about the Cancer Coalition, visit www.sgacancer.org. For more information on Cancer STOMP, or to register for an event, visit www.cancerstomp.com.