The Heather Treat Memorial, which provides financial assistance to Johnson County cancer patients, announced Tuesday that the memorial gave to 46 patients in 2013 providing a total of $18,400.00
“The number of patients was down from last year, which hopefully means that fewer people here have had cancer touch their lives,” Memorial Director and Coordinator Robin Harper-Whitehead said.
The Memorial has provided $217,054.07 to Johnson County cancer patients since 1994.
“This fund gives a gift of love to cancer patients who live in Johnson County and are taking treatment,” Harper-Whitehead said. “There have been many fundraisers held through the schools of Goreville, Vienna, New Simpson Hill, Buncombe and Cypress, along with churches, memorials and sponsorships to the fund.”
Goreville High School just announced this week it has teamed up with Sesser-Valier High School to host a Pink Out Night Feb. 14 encouraging everyone to wear pink and cheer on the Blackcats as they take on the Red Devils. Orders for Pink Out t-shirts are available through both schools with all proceeds benefiting the Heather Treat Memorial fund.
The Memorial’s largest fundraising efforts are realized each year with the annual Duck Race, which is scheduled for the first Sunday in May at Bella Terra Winery. Ducks and t-shirt sales are set to begin March 12.
“The Heather Treat Memorial says ‘Thanks’ to all those who have helped in 2013,” Harper-Whitehead said. “And, we pray for those families who lost loved ones to cancer in 2013 and those who are fighting it today. Let’s fight this together.”
If you would like to volunteer or need more information on this fund, please call 618-967-9528.