Record number of fundraising teams participate; monies still coming in

More than $100,000 was raised Friday night as folks showed up from across Pierce, Ware and Brantley Counties to “Honor our Heroes” at the Southeast Cancer Unit’s annual cancer walk fund raiser.

A large crowd — perhaps the biggest yet — attended the 23rd annual event at the Blackshear track. The SECU reported approximately $101,000 raised Friday night, but funds were still coming in Monday morning.

Families came out for an evening of good food and fun in support of a good cause — raising funds to support local cancer patients.

More people participated in the Survivor and Memorial Walks than in years past, says Brenda Waters, SECU volunteer.

The event also drew a record number of 29 fundraising teams offering a variety of food items, raffles and other goods for sale from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Luke Strayer of Offerman won the Unit’s main raffle, a brand new golf cart.

SECU is a non-profit operation providing financial assistance, up to $1,500 per year per person, to cancer patients in Pierce, Ware and Brantley Counties.

Call the SECU at 912-452-7070 for more information. The Unit’s office is located at First Baptist Church in Blackshear.