Saturday's 'Rally for a Cure' benefits American Cancer Society

By BETTY BUNTIN,

Rally for a Cure Day is this Saturday, April 13, at the Old Gym on Chestnut Street in Charleston.

The annual event will start around 9:30 a.m. and continue until about 2 p.m.

Join the fight and plan to attend this fundraiser sponsored by the East Tallahatchie chapter of the American Cancer Society.

This community event is designed to raise money for our cancer patients in the surrounding community.  We are so happy to have been able to assist three cancer patients just recently.

We have a great day planned.  Jimmy Manues will be our emcee and does a wonderful job.

The invocation will be by Rev. Preston Coleman, pastor of New Town Missionary Baptist Church.

Shelby Grace Boone will be belting out the national anthem.

The Southern gospel male quartet, “Messiah’s Men,” of Flowood Baptist Church will be performing around 10 a.m.  Our own Jerry Turner, born and raised in Tallahatchie County, is with this group. Jerry is the brother of Diane Cook.  Let us show Jerry how proud we are of him and how much we appreciate this group traveling up to be a part of our day.

Following the Messiah’s Men will be the Ellis Family, a very talented family.  They will be a joy to hear.

At about 11:30, the annual luminary service will begin.  People may purchase a candle for $5 in honor or in memory of a loved one who has battled this dreaded disease of cancer.  During a time of silence, we offer our respects to each of these brave individuals. This is always a very special and meaningful part of our day.

At noon, the balloon liftoff will take place just outside the gym.  This is another highlight of the day.  During the morning, anyone may purchase as many helium-filled balloons as they would like for 50 cents apiece and write on a label the name of a loved one or friend who has succumbed to cancer or has been a survivor. Each label is attached to one balloon, and following a countdown, those who have purchased these memorial tributes will release their balloon and watch it sail high into the air.

Janice Johnson and Betty Love will be singing around 1 p.m. and we look forward to them.

Home health agencies have been invited to have informational booths. Tallahatchie General Hospital will be offering a health chemistry workup for a small fee of $5, if you don’t mind having your finger pricked.

Come early to get one of Brenda and Nancy Rideout’s caramel cakes in the Sweet Shoppe.

It sounds like Melba Taylor is going to have a variety of items in the Country Store, including Christmas items also.

There will be a pick-up ducks game, and Ernie Holliday’s Jolly Jumparoos will offer some inflatable fun outside.

The silent auction is looking good. My good friends Sara and Raymond Jones of Water Valley are making and donating a nice bench for outside. We could never put this event on if we did not have the community support, and we are so grateful.

The Charleston Lions Club will be dishing up the best burgers and hot dogs. Drop by and buy one or two. Every dollar counts.

If you would like to play a part in assisting cancer patients in our county, you can donate items (except clothes and shoes) to the Country Store or delicious baked goods to the Sweep Shoppe.  We have great bakers in our community.

If you have a desire to fight cancer and are willing to commit a few hours of your time, we hope to see you at the Rally.

Remember, cancer never sleeps!

Betty Buntin is the longtime president of the East Tallahatchie chapter of the American Cancer Society.


IN THE PHOTO: The Ellis Family of Pope will perform a blend of gospel and bluegrass gospel music at Saturday’s Rally for a Cure in Charleston.  (Photo special to The Sun-Sentinel)