|‘Hometown’ walks, hops, cheers to help cancer victims, families |
|Posted: Monday, June 4, 2012 9:08 pm |
| By DONNA RYDER |
Obion Countians are truly generous people.
Those are the sentiments of Obion County Hometown Walk of Hope co-chairman Lorraine Beachum, who has held that position for 12 years — the lifetime of the annual event.
She said during the past 11 years, $1,505,000 has been raised to help cancer patients in the county.
And, this year, the county’s residents and businesses have done it again. At the beginning of Saturday’s walk event, held at War Memorial Stadium on the campus of Union City High School, $121,667 had been raised — $35,500 of that from sponsors. By the night’s end, the total had increased to $162,865.68.
“Even in this hard economic time, we’re just awed by the way the community embraces Hometown Walk of Hope,” Mrs. Beachum said.
Those who have been raising money for Walk of Hope throughout the year include E.W. James, Walmart, Calvary Baptist Church in Union City, Second Baptist Church of Union City, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, Team Carter, Lennox, Reelfoot Baptist Church, Cancer Survivors, Dr. Kofi Nuako, Union City J’Cettes, First Citizens Na-tional Bank, Team Friends, Mount Ararat Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Reelfoot Bank, Union City Coca-Cola, First State Bank, McDonald’s, Kizer Pharmacy, Union City First Baptist Church, Salon Arabella, Troy First Baptist Church, Star Physical Therapy, Midwest CBK, Care All, Curves Community, Ryan’s Steakhouse, Mount Zion Church of Christ and Wendy’s.
Local sponsors include: “Gold” sponsors — Baptist Memorial Hospital, Com-mercial Bank, Jiffy Steamer, Lowrance Sound Co., Magnolia Place Assisted Living, Reelfoot Bank, Walmart and Woman’s Clinic employees; “Silver” sponsors — Dr. Steve Beachum and patients, Dr. Margaret Gore, Union City First Baptist Church, KYTN, Mary Fowler, Paula Counsell Memorial, PIP Printing, Reelfoot Baptist Church, The Doctors’ Clinic-Baptist Memorial Group, Tyson Foods and Union City Insurance; and “Bronze” sponsors — Amber Buchanan Pierce Memorial, Automotive Specialties, Cancer Care Center, Collision Specialty, Crop Production Services, Dr. Kofi Nuako, Farm Bureau Insurance, First Citizens National Bank, First State Bank, Golden Living Center, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, in honor of Pam Buchanan and Lori Buchanan Cox, Jernigan Surgery Clinic, Kizer Pharmacy, Ladies Choice of Calvary Baptist Church, Los Portales, Midwest CBK, Pro-Pak, the Kepner family (Scott, Gena and Cruz), Snappy Tomato, Star Physical Therapy, Sullivan Dentistry, Team Taylor, Troy Church of Christ, Union City Coca-Cola, Union City J’ Cettes, Union City Women’s Club and Women in Action of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
During Saturday’s event, teams were awarded for Best Banner, Best Baton, Best Campsite and Best Team Spirit. The winners included:
• Best Banner — first place, First Citizens National Bank; second place, Ladies Choice of Calvary Baptist Church in Union City; and third place, Walmart.
• Best Baton — first place, Union City J’Cettes; second place, Walmart; and third place, Care All.
• Best Campsite — first place, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City; second place, Ladies Choice of Calvary Baptist Church; and third place, Mount Ararat Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
• Best Team Spirit — first place, Ladies Choice of Calvary Baptist Church; second place, Walmart; and third place, Kizer Pharmacy.
Mrs. Beachum said the Obion County Cancer Agency’s board members have found that it takes about $175,000 a year to help local cancer patients. Additional fundraisers are planned this month and teams have until the end of June to turn in money.
Anyone who wishes to make a donation may mail it to P.O. Box 482, Union City TN 38281.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 6.4.12