Over 180 women gathered to raise money for the Sandusky County Cancer Care Fund, a program of United Way, on Sunday, September 18th. The event was held at Anjulina’s Catering & Banquet Hall where guests were served hors d'oeuvres and drinks by “celebrity waiters” and were able to enjoy a balloon bonanza, raffles, and auction items that included name brand purses and Walt Disney World Theme Park tickets. The event emcee, Joe Liszak, CEO of Community Health Services, shared how his organization was the first to donate to the fund in memory one of his staff members, Kay Letzring.
The event raised over $20,000, exceeding its goal and last year’s proceeds. Program Specialist, Jill Simpson, coordinates the Cancer Care Fund at United Way of Sandusky County and is thrilled with the planning committee’s effort and event success. Simpson adds, “The funds will are used to assist Sandusky County residents for needs such as transportation costs to treatment centers, prescriptions, nutritional supplements, medical bills, and medical supplies. Many cancer patients are either living on fixed incomes or find they have to be off of work while receiving treatment. This fund helps to reduce the financial burden of the transportation and medical costs associated with treatment, allowing patients to focus their attention on getting well.” Since its inception in 2007, the Cancer Care fund has helped 644 cancer patients with over $305,000 in financial assistance.
Guest Speaker, Alison Lauer, shared her “Story of Strength” at the event. Alison initially contacted the United Way office in October of 2014 for assistance through the Sandusky County Cancer Care Fund after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Sponsors of the event included Beck Suppliers/Friendship Food Stores, Crown Battery, Inc., Fremont Federal Credit Union, Progressive Iron & Metal, Inc., The Bellevue Hospital, Firelands Regional Medical Center, Style Crest, Ken and Kathy Burkin Humbard, Eye Centers of NWO, Fort Stephenson House, Freeman Company, Grund Drug Company, ProMedica Memorial Hospital, and Sprouse Insurance.
For more information about the Sandusky County Cancer Care fund, click here or contact Jill Simpson at 419-334- 8938.