Loved ones in mind during Relay for Life bake sale

Albany Tech Culinary Arts students baked hundreds of treats for the Relay for Life fundraiser / Sarah Bleau

Cancer hits homes for many people.

Kathy Culbreth's brother passed away from cancer two years ago.

"We don't want to see anyone else go through what he had to go through," says Culbreth, the Dougherty County 2012 Relay for Life Chair. "I was with him in his last days and I do not want to see anyone else go through all of that. I want to help them."

She helped organize a bake sale to raise money for this year's Relay for Life with the help of Albany Technical College and their Culinary Arts students.

"They got to try out some of their skills, I also got a chance to test them and see what they were capable of," says Matthew Beard, an Albany Tech Culinary Arts instructor. He says the students baked every day this week from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in preparation.

Beard says the bake sale supporting cancer patients hits home for him, too.

"My mom, my grandmother are both cancer survivors so this for me touches home," he says.

Culbreth says all of the funds from the bake sale will help local cancer patients.

"We have the Look Good, Feel Good program where, with breast cancer patients, they lose their hair and we have people in the community that do their makeup, give them a wig," says Culbreth.

She says the money raised also helps to drive patients to chemo treatments as well as help pay for their medications.

Culbreth says she hopes her efforts to fight cancer make her brother proud.

'He'd probably start crying and say 'Go girl!'" she says.

Culbreth says those looking for help with their cancer treatment can contact their representatives at the American Cancer Society and at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.