On Monday, October 7, Blakely held their annual 'Paint the Town Pink' event. Over 100 men and women attended the luncheon to support the fight against breast cancer. Guests heard from local health officials and cancer survivors and bid on wreaths to raise funds. Event sponsors and partners included Primary Care of Southwest Georgia, Early Choices, Funny Girl Deli & Catering, GENTIVA Home Health & Hospice and Pioneer Community Hospital. This year, Cancer Coalition of South Georgia was chosen as the
recipient of funds raised.
Cancer Coalition has collaborated with Primary Care of Southwest Georgia (PCSWGA) and the Early County Health Department since 2009 to offer breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings to uninsured residents. The Cancer Coalition employs a professional Health Navigator who works with the local primary care center's clinicians to make sure patients get the care they need. "Thanks to the generosity of local residents, we will be able to provide more uninsured women in Early County with potentially lifesaving mammograms." said Rhonda Green, Community Cancer Screening Program Manager for the Cancer Coalition who works directly with patients in Early County.
Denise Ballard, Vice President for Cancer Prevention and Control, said that 'Paint the Town Pink' is an excellent example of communities working together to take care of their own. "We are so proud of our partnerships with health-concerned organizations in Early County, and with these community leaders who stand with us in the fight against cancer."
Consistent with its mission, Cancer Coalition of South Georgia will designate 100% of the funds raised from the event to be used for screenings, education and outreach in Early County.