Non-profit offers services for cancer patients in need

Neighbors in Gaston County who are fighting cancer have a place to turn to for hope and help. Battling cancer can be expensive and lonely.

“My first thought was I’m going to die but I wanted to live,” recalled Beverly Washington who was diagnosed with cancer in 2007.

One day, while receiving chemotherapy, she was told about Cancer Services of Gaston County.

“Love. I could feel the love. I wasn’t just person number 10. I was Beverly and I mattered,” said Washington.

She turned to the group for help with groceries and other necessities. Washington said money was tight and there were certain things that she simply couldn’t afford.

“There are so many people in need in this county who deserve the chance to live and without Cancer Services it may not be possible,” said John Lowery.

Lowery serves on the board and is a survivor of lung cancer. In the last year, the non-profit has helped almost 600 people with more than 7,500 services.

Cancer fighters can receive gas cards to help get back and forth between appointments, wigs, mastectomy bras, and groceries like Gatorade, soup and protein shakes.

Donations pay for the items. Without the support from the community the organization would not be able to get results for those in need.

“I decided when I got stronger I was coming back as a volunteer and I’m not a volunteer,” said Washington, who leads bingo nights.

She also volunteers at the hospital letting new fighters know about the resources available. She will keep calling the shots on bingo night all while giving hugs and hope to those in need.

The non-profit is hosting a gala on May 3rd. All of the money raised stays local in Gaston County. For more information, click here