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Perry County Cancer Alliance to Celebrate 20th Anniversary on October 17, 2019

Each year the PCCA (Perry County Cancer Alliance) hosts a Cancer Awareness and Celebration in October on the Perry County Courthouse steps in New Lexington, Ohio to recognize all cancer survivors, as well honor the memory of those who have passed. As part of the 20th anniversary the PCCA is planning a special celebration on Thursday, October 17, 2019 beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the courthouse steps. Leading the ceremonies will be Karen Newlon, RN, who serves as the nurse facilitator for the PCCA support group.

Event details

When

Oct 17, 2019
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Where

Perry County Courthouse - 105 North Main Street, New Lexington, OH 43764

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Perry County Cancer Alliance to celebrate and remember

 

Knowing all too well the impact that cancer has on those who have been diagnosed with the disease, two Perry County women felt they, along with others who share the same passion, should step up and do what they could to help those who have been diagnosed with this disease.

It was 20 years ago, this year, the Perry County Cancer Alliance was organized with the mission of providing financial assistance to residents who have been diagnosed with cancer. The organization was the brainchild of Theressa Snyder-Kane, who serves as the Executive Director of Perry Behavioral Choices, Inc., and Deb Hutmire, retired editor of the Perry County Tribune.

Each year the PCCA hosts a Cancer Awareness and Celebration in October on the Perry County Courthouse steps in New Lexington to recognize all cancer survivors, as well honor the memory of those who have passed.

As part of the 20th anniversary the PCCA is planning a special celebration on Thursday, Oct. 17 beginning at 6 p.m. on the courthouse steps. Leading the ceremonies will be Karen Newlon, RN, who serves as the nurse facilitator for the PCCA support group.

The cancer alliance has provided a support group for over 15 years. This support group is for the person who is fighting cancer, their family, friends, or a supporter. “A cancer diagnosis can touch all emotions of not only the person with cancer, but also their family and friends lives,” stated Karen.

“When people come to our support group, with or without friends or family, they may find a genuine group of new friends and supporters who listen in the confidential setting and share their cancer journey. Sometimes the simplest concern of a person with cancer, can be relieved by a simple statement or tip shared by another cancer survivor in the group. Our group has shared many great journeys of highs and lows with our friends with cancer.

Our group meets monthly except for January and has parties twice a year. We listen to each other, laugh, cry, and truly support each other. You are a cancer survivor as you celebrate each new day,” stated Karen.

For information on the support group call Karen at (740) 607-9253.

During the event local musicians will provide music with featured speaker, Penny Murray a teacher for the New Lexington City School District, and wife of cancer survivor Bub Murray. Penny, along with several of her friends organized the NLHS Football Moms, a group that hosts a Cancer Awareness game each year at a home game in October. Murray will speak about how she became aware of the Cancer Alliance. “Never in my life did I think that one day our family would have to go through having someone we love fight cancer,” said Murray.

Following the program at the courthouse, guests will be welcome to take part in a reception at the PBHC Activity Center, at 112 South Main St. in New Lexington.  A special anniversary cake will be served. Multi-color luminaries, representing all types of cancer, will line the walkway to the facility.

Several years ago, the PCCA was hit with the news that their very first and longest serving board member, Patti Hayes, who serves as treasurer, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Patti not only survived that battle, but also was later diagnosed with cancer and again fought and won the battle.  “I am so very proud of our small group and what we have accomplished over the past 20 years,” said Patti with a smile. “We cannot express our sincere gratitude to all the people businesses in Perry County that have contributed to our organization. All these donations allow us to assist our fellow Perry Countians at a time when they need it the most.”

Patti is totally correct when she says the group could not do it without the help of so many. In fact, during the last treasurer’s report it was noted the PCCA has raised $1,154,613.16; distributed 2,535 checks, and paid out $944,116.61. All those funds paid out have been to residents of Perry County. On average, the PCCA sends out an average of 30 to 50 checks per month.

In order for cancer patients to receive a gift from the PCCA they must;

  • Currently have a cancer diagnosis.
  • Must be a resident of Perry County.

 

Raising money for the PCCA is high on the priority list and without the dedication of the board members; Theressa Snyder-Kane, president (740.342.1991); Deb Hutmire, vice president; Patti Hayes, treasurer; Karen Newlon, RN Support Group Facilitator; Lanie Hatem, Community Relations, Cheryl Dodson and Bruce Gall, none of this would be possible.

The PCCA hosts a variety of fundraisers that includes: Strike-Out Cancer Bowling event, and an annual golf outing that is organized by semi-retired board member, Dan Saunders. Also, over the years school groups,  local organizations,  school sports programs, civic clubs, individuals, families and friends have contributed. “All these donations, no matter the amount, are greatly appreciated, and stay in our county,” said Patti.

In concluding Theressa stated “Twenty years the Perry County Cancer Alliance (PCCA) is a dream turned reality. It is a true honor to have been a part of bringing together something that would come to mean so much to so many. I take pride in the mission of the PCCA, grieve the loss of those that are taken by cancer, share joy with the survivors, and pray for the continued success of this small but mighty organization that spreads HOPE!”

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