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08-08-12-cfvh.gifEach of us can’t be there to directly tend to the needs of our loved ones. That’s where the Foundation at Cape Fear Valley Health can step in. The donations to the Foundation go directly to support cancer patients right here in Fayetteville and Cumberland County.

The Ribbon Walk (and Ride), as well as golf tournaments and charity drives at companies and schools in the area, all help support Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation. Each help fund both major acquisitions and seemingly small comforts for patients of Cape Fear Valley Health.

The work of the Foundation helps make Cape Fear Valley Health a “magical place”, according to Brad Loase, a cancer survivor. “It’s the little things they do, not just for patients, but for families as well, to make things easier for them. I always felt wanted, that people were happy to see me. I remember all their faces.”

Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation’s Friends of the Cancer Center provide assistance with transportation to and from appointments. They can help with emergency funding for medications and utilities, mammograms, and a range of personal needs. And sometimes they just sit and wait with you, providing emotional support and a smile. Brad says “They are the most amazing people.” Friends of the Cancer Center is a community of dedicated volunteers who nurture, support and guide cancer patients and their families through a profoundly emotional time to improve the quality of our patient’s lives. FOCC provides many support programs such as Artful Reflections (painting every Friday), Coming Together (kids and parents group), Man Talk, and the Oasis Complementary Medicine Program.

With your help we will continue to work to make a difference for each of our patients, each of our starfish. You can make a difference by participating in the 7th Annual Ribbon Walk & Ride for Cancer. This year’s event will be held on Sept. 15 downtown at the Medical Arts building. The 5K (3 miles) walk will take participants through downtown Fayetteville, Linear Park and back. The motorcycle ride will be on a separate route.

Registration is $25, but only $15 for survivors and t-shirts will be provided. Registration will open at 9 a.m., ride begins at 9:45 a.m. and walk at 10 a.m. All survivors registered by Aug. 15, will be invited to join us for the 1st Annual Survivor Reception on September 14 at SkyView on Hay. Join our community as an individual walker/rider or team in honor and memory of your loved ones while helping our patient’s right here at home. To register, and for more information, please visit www.ribbonwalkforcancer.org, or call 615-1434.

In last week’s issue, the author of the Ribbon Walk Article was Ginny Deffendall.

Photo: The Friends of the Cancer Center plays an important role in helping families of patients.

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