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Local Cancer Support Group hopes to raise winter funds

Flo Bellamy holds the Cancer Support Group binder, which is full of patients’ confirmation forms. Submitted Photo

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Johnson County Cancer Support Group

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Preparing for the “famine months” of winter, the Johnson County Cancer Support Group will be holding a “Roadblock” the fourth weekend of October to meet the group’s growing need for donations.  
Dating back to 1994, the Johnson County Cancer Support Group has diligently worked to meet numerous diagnosed individuals’ physical, financial, and emotional needs throughout the community. 
Funded solely by donations from local individuals, businesses, churches, and United Way of Tennessee, the Support Group has purchased food, medicine, nutritional supplements, medical supplies, and paid travel and funeral expenses for cancer patients within the county. 
The Support Group consists of two individuals: Flo Bellamy, who deals directly with the patients, and Bobbie Smith, who manages the group’s finances. 
All donations given to the group go directly to helping Johnson County cancer patients. 
It is estimated that in 2021, more than 600,000 cancer patients in the U.S. will die. 
“Cancer is an expensive and devastating disease,” Flo Bellamy, the head of the Cancer Support Group, said. “It doesn’t stop, so neither can we.”
For July alone, the Support Group spent $715.22 to provide individuals with the nutritional supplement Ensure.
In addition, with the
rising gas prices, the group’s gas bill for August and September of this year totaled $2,366.84. 
“We’re coming up on winter,” Flo Bellamy said. “People will start asking for heating assistance, help with electric bills, transportation, and so on. These necessities take big chunks out of our savings.” 
To meet the group’s growing needs before winter, the Cancer Support Group will be holding a “Roadblock” on October 22 and 23 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The group is currently in need of volunteers to help cover some of the two-hour shifts. 
For more information about the Johnson County Cancer Support Group or if interested in either donating or volunteering with the Roadblock, please contact Flo Bellamy at 727-2942.

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