The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation has tallied the numbers for this year’s fundraising, which culminated with the Celebration of Life Festival on September 19. Volunteers generated $53,744.93 for the LRCF, surpassing their goal of $50,000. Around a dozen teams held cookouts, bowling events, trivia nights, a 5K run, and other activities with all of the proceeds going to the foundation. In keeping with a tradition that began last year, 10 percent of the earnings were donated to a cancer-related cause. This year’s selection was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The remaining funds, $48,444.93, will stay locally to help Bond County residents who are battling cancer.
Named for a long-time resident who lost his life to cancer in 2002, the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation, through a confidential application process, provides financial assistance with items not covered by insurance including some medical bills, lodging, and travel for treatment. The foundation was initially funded through proceeds from Rhodes’ trust. Applications and other information may be obtained at the Bond County Health Department.
At its wrap-up meeting, the LRCF fundraising committee announced that while teams will still be active more emphasis will be placed on generating funds as a committee. As a result individuals who would like to volunteer their time but are unable to assemble a team are welcome to participate. For more information about the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation fundraising committee, call Gina Lewis at (618) 410-6014 or John Goldsmith at (618) 322-2936.