HOUSTON – Chickasaw County Relay for Life enjoyed a wrap-up meeting at The Grind in Houston recently. An up-to-date report on funds raised so far this year was $25,754.39. There are still several thousand dollars in grants to be received, which will add to Chickasaw County’s total. This money was raised by volunteer teams, generosity of sponsors and donations from local people.

Relay for Life is the local annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which was held May 4 at Thorn Church of God facilities. A large percentage of the money raised here will go for further research in safer diagnostic equipment as well as more study in the drugs to fight cancer and the best way to administer these drugs.

“Our volunteer work here in Chickasaw County has special meaning to most of those involved with Relay,’ said Jean Dendy, co-chairperson. “Research is so important for us who are survivors but also is the hope of each new person diagnosed with cancer. We want the best possible treatment plan for every individual who is fighting this battle,” she added.

Micah Uline, Chickasaw County’s ACS representative, shared where some of the money raised locally goes to benefit people in our area. One person from our county is now benefitting from The Gertrude C. Ford Lodge in Jackson. This lodge is a place where patients away from home can stay while undergoing treatment in Jackson.

Uline also shared that American Cancer grants are given to St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis on a regular basis to support the fight for children with cancer.

“Our hope is that as we receive more information on how our money is used and as we see local people benefitting from money we help raise, we will be inspired anew how important our efforts are. I urge our entire community to join in with us, keep helping us in our fight and let’s get ready for an even better Relay for Life in 2020,” Dendy concluded.

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