Fundraisers for Relay for Life of Pickens County & March of Dimes
April 8 & 9, 2011

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Only Nine Days into April and Fundraisers Galore for
Relay for Life of Pickens County and March of Dimes

The community came together with various fundraisers in early April for Relay for Life of Pickens County and the March of Dimes. On April 1st there was a benefit concert for Relay for Life of Pickens County by The Bent Tree Strings Mountain Dulcimer Club at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family. Piedmont Mountainside Hospital hosted a cook-out benefiting both great causes this past Friday, April 8th. On Saturday, an indoor yard sale was held by Relay for Life of Pickens County while the March of Dimes volunteers collected donations at stop signs in downtown Jasper.

The sprinkles of rain held off for most of the cook-out hosted by Piedmont Mountainside Hospital benefiting Relay for Life and March of Dimes. Dr. Carl McCurdy and hospital staff served hot dogs to the patrons that were mostly from the hospital and medical community. United Community Bank loaned the hospital their grill. Dr. Ken Austin made a crack about his 'heart-healthy lunch' of hot dogs smothered in chili.

The Relay for Life Yard Sale was supported by local business and organizations including the District Attorney's Office, Tate Fire Department, Renasant Bank and many personal donations. Dwayne Bishop shopped to support the cause since his sister Martha Ann McCoy, only 46 years old, died of brain cancer on March 28th.

Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran around a track for 24 hours in 1985 to raise money for the American Cancer Society and this was the beginning of Relay for Life. Their website reports that 3.5 million in the United States participate in the annual event that honors those that have lost their battle, celebrates the survivors and raises money to fight cancer.

At the corner of Cove and Burnt Mountain Roads, Nicole Desendberg and other volunteers were collecting money for the March of Dimes. Their mission is to help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. Their website states that preterm death is the leading cause of newborn deaths in the United States. In 2010 Georgia received a grade "F" with a pre-term birth rate of 13.4 percent compared to the objective of 7.6 percent. Click here for full report.

Pickens County falls under the North Georgia Tri County Chapter of the March of Dimes and their March for Babies walk will be held this Saturday, April 16th at 10 a.m. at Ellijay Elementary School. Click here to register.

Relay for Life of Pickens County will be held Saturday, May 14 but registration, T-Shirt and Sponsorship deadline is April 18th. Click here for more information and to register.

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