MASSENA - Massena Memorial Hospital was the recipient of a $10,000 check from the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, MMH Chief Executive Officer Charles F. Fahd II told his board of managers this week.
We received a $10,000 check from the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, previously known as the Edward I. Moses Walk/Run for Life, he said, noting they were very thankful for the money.
More than 300 individuals walked in the 2014 event held April 27 in Canton, and they raised $71,446.03 to battle cancer in the north country.
Mr. Fahd said the they have received a donation from the organization on a nearly annual basis. Long-time event organizer Warren Dyke presented the check to hospital officials.
They present to us almost every year in that amount. Theyve been doing it for many years, he said. We thank him dearly for that check. We will put it to good use.
The Edward I. Moses Walk/Run for Life was founded in 1979 to raise money for the local fight against cancer. Its the primary fundraiser for the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, a non-profit organization that hosts the walk/run. Money raised provides funding for programs that work to educate the community and help with the prevention, early detection and diagnosis of cancer for local residents.
Organizers say local business sponsorship allows them to reward participants with prizes, goodie bags and T-shirts while still keeping every dollar raised in St. Lawrence County.
To date, the event has raised more than $1.2 million, which is distributed to local charities.
The funding for Massena Memorial Hospital allows them to host monthly skin cancer screenings ,which are free to the community. Partnering with a local prostate cancer survivor, the hospital also offers educational seminars stressing the importance of prostate cancer awareness and screening.
Other funds are distributed to Ryans Wish Foundation, which provides assistance to families and individuals as they travel to cancer treatment appointments. Recipients receive gifts of gas cards, money for hotel stays, help with regular maintenance of vehicles for travel, funds for medical co-pays and help with medications not covered by insurance.
In addition, funding is provided to organizations such as the St. Lawrence County Cancer Services Program, Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, Gouverneur Business Women Breast Cancer Fund, Canton-Potsdam Hospital and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center.