Woman organizes “Communities Against Cancer”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathi Brooks was inspired by a childhood neighbor to help out her hometown of Whitehall.

When Brooks saw a picture of Carrianne Ripley, a younger neighbor who grew up just down from Jones on School Street, as one of the faces of Glens Falls Hospital Foundation’s “Communities Against Cancer” campaign, she felt compelled to help.

“When I saw her face, I was like ‘oh my gosh.’ She’s a few years younger than I was and I didn’t expect someone who is so young and who is a mother to have cancer,” said Brooks, now a Gansevoort resident. “It just touched me. I have a four-year-old son and I thought what would I do if something happened to me. If I had to go through the treatments and travel to Boston or New York, what would I do?”

After reading more about the foundation’s goals to raise funds for a new $4 million linear accelerator at C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, she decided to start a campaign that would keep local patients close to home.

“I thought why not help Glens Falls (Hospital) improve its program and keep families together through this,” Brooks said.

So Jones got on the phone with Sandra DiNoto, the hospital’s vice president of philanthropy and community relations, and started to hash out a plan she calls 100-100.

“The idea is to get 100 families or businesses to donate $100 each. That would be $10,000 from people in Whitehall,”Brooks said. “I thought it was something that would be attainable.”

Brooks said she plans to solicit most of the donations over the phone. She chose the annual Canal Festival as a rallying point for her campaign because the band she belongs to, Children at Play, is slated to perform during the two-night event.

“People can bring their contributions to Canal Fest,” Brooks said.

 

Look for the van

She said the “Communities Against Cancer” van is tentatively scheduled to be parked outside the Skenesborough Park during the event.

The van travels to special events and high-profile locations throughout the area. For a small donation, people receive a magnet on which they can write their name and community and then it’s affixed to the van.

The C.R. Wood Cancer Center is a nationally accredited facility dedicated to cancer care services. The center treats 1,000 new patients from throughout the region each year.

A linear accelerator delivers X-ray and electron beams that destroy cancerous tumors. The hospital has two accelerators, but the new unit has advanced capabilities and can treat tumors in difficult locations. It can also decrease treatment time. For some patients, treatment could be reduced from five to seven weeks to one to three days, and daily treatment times cut from 20 to 30 minutes to as little as two minutes.

Brooks said she and Carrianne weren’t particularly close growing up — Brooks is several years older — but seeing someone she knew made her wonder “what if.”

She said anyone who would like to make a contribution can call her at 796-5294 or stop by the park during the Canal Festival.

“I think this is a great campaign for Whitehall,” Brooks said

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Northshire Freepress 12/19/14

North Country Freepress – 12/19/14

Weekender 12/12/14

Lakes Region Freepress 12/19/14

Classifieds 12/17/14

Girls fall to Greenwich in opener

A stingy defense was too much for Granville to overcome in season opener Friday night. Granville was held to seven […]

Girls compete with Cougars

The Whitehall girls’ basketball team (0-3) is still seeking its first win of the season. However, the girls stuck with […]

Boys’ hoops handed first loss

After leaping out to a 2-0 start, the Whitehall boys’ basketball team was grounded at North Warren, 65-43. To say […]

Main Street rebounding, says dog salon owner

Dog Salon

By Dan King Malin Shepherd’s new dog salon on Main Street is a sign, she says, that the street is […]

What are you drinking?

Whitehall water

By Dan King If you live in the Village of Whitehall, your drinking water is perfectly healthy. That’s what the […]

Dared by friends, she write a novel

Author

By Derek Liebig It started with a dare. A few years ago, Granville resident Michele Sargent was having lunch with […]

Town to host hearing on fire protection

By Derek Liebig The town board will hold a public hearing later this month on proposed contracts for fire protection […]