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The Marion County Good Samaritans gave away more than $15,000 to 34 local families affected by cancer in 2013.
Kandice Engle-Gray, a member of the Good Samaritans Board, said they heard from several families that they used grants to help pay for travel expenses or for a loved one to accompany a cancer patient during treatments.
But Engle-Gray added that the Good Samaritans put no restrictions on their grants.
“If they just want to take the family out for a stress-free evening of pizza, that’s fine. There’s no strings on the money once they receive it,” she said.
In all, the Good Samaritans received nearly $20,000 in donations last year, and some of the remaining money was given away this month. However, they’ve set a goal of raising $25,000 in 2014.
“There’s definitely a need,” Engle-Gray said.
As part of their fund-raising efforts, the Good Samaritans are hosting their second annual “It’s a Sweet Thing” dance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Centre Square. Tickets are $25 per person or $200 to reserve a table for eight.
Tickets can be purchased from any board member: Engle-Gray, Gloria George, Bernadette O’Daniel or Jeanine Williams.
During the dance, Lebanon Car World will be recognized. Since June, Lebanon Car World has set aside money from each car it has sold to donate. Engle-Gray said they’ve seen how widespread cancer can reach. She said they’ve had donors give money who later learned they had cancer, too, and they’ve helped families who learned that a second family member was diagnosed as well.
“Obviously, cancer can strike anyone,” Engle-Gray said.
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