Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation Joins Forces With Local Group

The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation has a new sub-committee that will generate funds to help local cancer patients.

In February former members of the Bond County Relay for Life announced that they would be exploring new opportunities to raise money that would stay locally. After a series of meetings, the two groups decided to join forces to pursue their mutual mission. In conjunction with this announcement, The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation seated a new board member, Jennifer Lappe, a former member of the local Relay steering committee.

John Goldsmith, co-chair of the 2013 Bond County Relay said, “This is a perfect fit for everyone. The foundation’s purpose is to give financial help and a morale boost to local folks fighting cancer. Our group was looking for a way to raise money that can directly benefit our family, friends, and neighbors. We’re excited to be part of the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation.”

In a statement previously issued, the former Relay steering committee and many of the team captains said, “While we’re proud of our efforts on behalf of ACS, it’s time for us to step away from Relay. After fifteen years with ACS and Relay, this is not a decision that was made lightly. And while we embark on this new adventure, we are not saying that there won’t be or shouldn’t be a Relay for Life in 2014. But the planning and execution will be done by others.”

Teams will be raising funds for Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation throughout the spring and summer culminating in a celebration of life festival on Saturday, September 13.

Bart Caldieraro, foundation chairman, is also enthusiastic about the new partnership. “The Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation is very excited with the decision that has been made by these outstanding residents of our county. We are looking forward to working with this group and this decision will allow us to help even more cancer patients and their families right here in Bond County. The Foundation has helped over 100 patients and their families deal with this difficult diagnosis and we are looking forward to helping even more in the near future.”

Lemuel Rhodes, a long-time Bond County resident, lost his brother to cancer and his own life to the disease in 2002. In his will, Rhodes set aside proceeds from part of his trust to be used to help other Bond County residents battling cancer. Through a confidential application process, individuals may apply for assistance to help with items such as medical bills not covered by insurance, assistance with lodging and travel for treatment, and other necessary items.