Pennies With Purpose fourth Family & Friends day to benefit area cancer patients
by MDJ staff
August 26, 2014 09:47 PM | 1631 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Pennies With Purpose Fourth Annual Family & Friends Fun Day will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Laurel Park, 115 Manning Road in Marietta. The annual fundraiser celebrates the lives of cancer patients and their caregivers.

Pennies With Purpose is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which was started by staff at the Georgia Cancer Specialists’ Marietta clinic to change lives “one penny at a time.” GCS, affiliated with the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, provides care in 26 locations in metro Atlanta, north and central Georgia through about 160,000 patient visits annually.

Throughout the year, Pennies With Purpose hosts events to raise money to help with co-pays, prescriptions, food and transportation for GCS patients who cannot afford them. Since its inception, the organization has helped more than 300 patients.

“Unfortunately, cancer can affect anyone and pays no attention to a person’s socio-economic status,” said Robin Thomas, CPhT, infusion assistant at Georgia Cancer Specialists, and founder of Pennies with Purpose. “I am so proud of the participation by my colleagues and the many volunteers who help Pennies With Purpose continue to provide financial relief for our cancer patients.”

The Fourth Annual Family & Friends Fun Day will include a picnic, kickball tournament, tug-of-war, moon walk, cake walk and face painting. A balloon release will recognize patients currently fighting cancer and those who have lost the battle.

The event is free to attend. However, hot dogs, hamburgers and some games will have fee. All proceeds benefit Pennies With Purpose. Over the last three years, the annual Family & Friends Fun Day has raised more than $3,700.

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