How American Cancer Society helps Holmes County

Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 07:30 AM.

BONIFAY — “One of the questions we get asked the most is how does sending money out to a big organization like the American Cancer Society help small counties like Holmes County,” said DeAnna Oldham, Event Chair of the Holmes County Relay for Life. “They think that because there isn’t a research facility in Holmes County that the money isn’t coming back into Holmes County. What they fail to realize is that the majority of the money goes to pay for Holmes County residents who leave for treatments.”

Oldham added that there is many programs located in Holmes County still that help provide services and good to cancer patients within Holmes County.

One organization that the money does come back into Holmes County for is The Closet, located at the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce located less than a block from the old Bonifay Hospital at 106 East Byrd Avenue in Bonifay.

The Closet provides hats, scarves, work hats for both men and women, wigs of all kinds and colors, prosthetic breasts, bras of all kinds and colors specially made for prosthetic breasts, cammies/softies, handmade comfy pillows, make-up availability, drivers, gas money, hotel and motel vouchers, supplies, support groups and single support from those who’ve experienced cancer and much more.

Elaine Mayfield, volunteer with The Closet, said that her volunteer work with The Closet has changed her life.

“I came in expecting to work with people who are dying,” said Mayfield. “Instead I found that I’m working with people who are truly living.”

Julia Bullington, coordinator and volunteer with The Closet, said that it puts things into perspective.

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