2011-12-07 / Society

Cancer Coalition awards grants

The Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition has awarded more than $156,000 to date to local community non-profits since the grants were established in 2006. The grants are funded through individual donations to the Coalition.

This year the Cancer Coalition will also provide grants of $2,000 to each of the cancer centers in the region — Archbold Memorial Hospital, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, South Georgia Medical Center and Tift Regional Medical Center — to support the centers’ cancer patient assistance programs.

“We are so pleased to be able to provide funding to local organizations that assist cancer patients in our service area,” said Denise Ballard, Cancer Coalition

Vice President of Cancer Prevention and Control.

The Southwest Georgia Community Action Council Inc. is located in Colquitt County and administers to the needs of the residents of the 14 counties it serves by helping them attain and maintain self-sufficiency.

According to SGCAC Community Services Director, Denise Bell, the Cancer Care grant will allow the Agency to help low-income families dealing with cancer by providing assistance with rent, mortgage, utilities, and medications.

For information about the Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition and its programs, please visit them online at www.swgacancer.org, or call 229-312-1700.

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