Valley Point supports Hamilton’s cancer patients

Friday, October 18, 2013

Teachers and staff members from Valley Point Elementary School recently donated money for Hamilton Medical Center’s Judd Cancer Center (part of Hamilton Regional Cancer Institute). 
Teachers and staff members from Valley Point Elementary School recently donated money for Hamilton Medical Center’s Judd Cancer Center (part of Hamilton Regional Cancer Institute). Those who gave at least $10 could wear jeans to work for the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. The donations will benefit Hamilton’s cancer patients who may be challenged financially with utilities, food, medications, medical supplies and transportation expenses to medical appointments.

 DALTON, Ga. – Doris McLemore, principal at Valley Point Elementary School, decided to ask teachers and staff members to donate money for Hamilton Medical Center’s Judd Cancer Center (part of Hamilton Regional Cancer Institute) in October. Those who gave at least $10 could wear jeans to work for the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. Most of the staff members contributed.

“Our staff members work very hard, and we love to offer encouragement and incentives along the way,” McLemore said. “They love to have occasions to dress down. I also knew that they would be willing to give to a good cause so why not offer them a reward for doing so?”

McLemore was diagnosed with breast cancer about five years ago.

“I had to miss five days of work, because I had one treatment in the morning and one in the afternoon,” she said. “Fortunately, I had plenty of sick days,” adding that she saw some very sad situations while receiving treatments.

“I began to wonder if some of the people I saw where able to afford to pay for necessary things such as groceries, gas, and other items, because they might not have the sick days,” she said. “They might be losing pay. I wanted to help others who may not be as fortunate as I was. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I chose the month of October to designate a week for cancer awareness.”

The Hamilton Regional Cancer Institute is a comprehensive center dedicated to providing a fully integrated cancer care program that enables patients and their families to receive a full continuum of services, from early detection and screening through the latest treatment options. All donations will benefit Hamilton’s cancer patients who may be challenged financially with utilities, food, medications, medical supplies and transportation expenses to medical appointments.

“I believe we have people right here in our own community who need assistance,” McLemore said. “I want to be sure that the money I contribute helps people locally who may be specifically having a hard time, due to expenses for themselves or someone in their family who is fighting cancer. I don’t want anyone who is fighting for their life to feel as if they have to choose between treatments or buying groceries or paying an electric bill.”

The principal said her staff members at Valley Point like the idea.

“We have several employees whose lives have been affected by cancer either through a family member or a friend,” she said. “We have a very compassionate staff that always reaches out to others. I am very blessed to be a part of this family.”