Good Samaritans making a difference

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By Stevie Lowery



President John F. Kennedy once said, "One person can make a difference and every person should try."

I firmly believe that to be the case, and I love it when I see people in my community doing just that.

I was touched when I heard about the work of Debbie Higdon, along with her friends Kandice Engle-Gray, Gloria George, Bernadette O’Daniel and Jeanine Williams, in forming the Marion County Good Samaritans Foundation. Higdon wanted to find a way to help provide financial support to families touched by cancer. She and her friends have spent a year working on creating a 501(c)3 organization. The foundation’s purpose is to help cancer patients in Marion County and their families with the unforeseen expenses that come along with cancer treatments.

Every day it seems another person in this community is diagnosed with cancer. And, even more alarming, they seem to be getting younger and younger. Within the past few years, several of my friends and classmates have been diagnosed with cancer. We are in our 30s. We aren’t supposed to get cancer in our 30s. But, unfortunately, we’ve learned that cancer doesn’t discriminate. Young, old, rich, poor, black, white… no one is safe from this evil disease.

And while many of us feel helpless when a loved one or friend is stricken with this horrible disease, Higdon put her concern and worry and heartache into action. What a selfless thing to do. What an awesome thing to do. I applaud Higdon and her friends for their initiative and for their desire to make a difference.

There is no doubt in my mind that this foundation will make a world of difference in the lives of many Marion Countians. And we can help, too, by raising money for the foundation. Just think if every citizen in the county donated $5 to the foundation. That would be roughly $65,000. Surely most of us can afford to donate $5 to this worthwhile cause.

Another way we can help raise funds for the foundation is by dancing.

Yes, I said dancing.

The foundation is hosting a Valentine’s Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 9, at Centre Square. Tickets for the dance are $25 apiece.

Donations to the foundation or payments for the dance can be written to the Marion County Good Samaritans Foundation, Inc. and mailed to PO Box 807, Lebanon, KY 40033.

For more information about the foundation or the dance, call (270) 692-8091, email marioncountygoodsamaritans@gmail.com, or search for Marion County Good Samaritans on Facebook.

I urge everyone to support this foundation. By doing so, you will be making a difference. And that’s something we should all try to do.