Offering hope

Bean supper draws almost 500 for annual fundraiser

The Hope for Today Bean Supper at William Blount High School was an evening of fun, good food and fellowship as friends and neighbors gathered to support those fighting cancer.

Barbara Conant, director of Hope for Today Cancer Support Group, Inc., was pleased with the turnout and the enthusiasm from the participants during the May 8 event.

“The event went very well. We’re not quite sure how much we cleared. We have bills outstanding, but we raised $13,995,” she said. “We’re thinking it will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $11,000 once we’re all clear. It is awesome especially in this economic climate. We don’t go into this event with a set figure we expect, we just work hard.”

Conant praised the committee who planned the event. “That’s a group of people I’m so impressed with. They put their heart and soul into this, and we have a wonderful response in terms of volunteers and people coming out and participating,” she said. “Everyone was so positive. We’re just grateful for whatever amount we raised.”

The organization director said it appeared at least 500 showed for the bean supper. “There may have been more than that,” she said. “We started at 4:30 p.m. and went to 7 p.m.”

State Sen. Doug Overbey brought a proclamation from the state House, Senate and the governor honoring the late Charlene Walker. She founded Hope for Today in June, 1998, during her aggressive breast cancer treatments. Charlene Walker died in February, 2010.

The goal of Hope for Today is to help people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participating in monthly meetings which provide education, hope, emotional support and nourishment. All services are provided at no cost to cancer patients and their loved ones.

“Hope for Today is dedicated to helping cancer patients currently in treatment or patients who have advanced disease. There are not very many sources for funds when people are in chemotherapy or radiation and that is a time when many individuals find they aren’t able to work and of course they need assistance with bills and as the disease advances, clearly patients aren’t able to work,” she said. “Hope for Today is a source of helping them through a very difficult time. The people who are committed to putting these fundraisers together are well acquainted with that battle.”

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