GLASGOW — City and county leaders signed a proclamation on Friday recognizing Sept. 20 as the Hope Starts At Home Day, a virtual event of the American Cancer Society that provides an opportunity for people to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer and to empower those facing the disease to have hope and to fight back.
This is the second year for the event to take place in Barren County.
“It's a statewide day that we have picked for people to be able to support the American Cancer Society,” said Terrie Lawson, a senior manager with the American Cancer Society.
Those wanting to take part can purchase a T-shirt and wear it on Sept. 20 to wherever they may be going.
“We also ask them to take a picture with a survivor and put a hashtag with it, which is #hopestartsathome. They can put that on Facebook or any social media,” she said. “Here in Barren County, specifically, I asked them to send me group pictures, as well as their group, and then I post them on them the Facebook page and get some information about that and give them a little kudos.”
The turnout for the event last year was really good, she said.
There were about 12 businesses and organizations that took part in 2018.
Even though it was the second year for the event in Barren County, the American Cancer Society has been doing it for about five years.
“We've had some teams in Barren County that have sold the shirts and ordered the shirts, but last year was the first year that we really came in, especially with the absence of a traditional Relay for Life event, that we've come in and really pushed this as another opportunity for people to be able to support the American Cancer Society,” Lawson said.
Rather than have a traditional Relay for Life event in 2018 and this year, the American Cancer Society held a survivor's dinner.
“It looked a little bit like a relay but we didn't have teams set up and things like that, so we invited all the survivors and a caregiver to come with them. We had a dinner and a survivor ceremony where we had someone speak. We gave them medallions. They each got T-shirts and then we did a luminary ceremony, which is where you can donate $5 for a bag or $25 or $50, I can't remember what it was, for the lanterns that you can purchase and take home with you,” she said. “It resembled a relay event, … but it wasn't a true Relay for Life event.”
The money from the T-shirt sales goes to the American Cancer Society and we use that money for research, programs and services, education and prevention, which is where all the money from Relay for Life went to as well,” she said.
Lawson is taking group T-shirt orders. The orders must be placed by Sept. 13 in order for them to be delivered by Sept. 17.
Those making a minimum donation of $15 will receive a T-shirt. Donations of $20 or more will receive a special HOPE decal, plus a T-shirt, she said.
The decal is the same design that appears on the T-shirts.
“The decals have been widely popular this year,” Lawson said.
Glasgow Mayor Harold “M.D.” Armstrong said he is glad that Glasgow can be part of the event.
“It's a worthy cause and Glasgow has always stepped up to help a worthy cause. And in this case we appreciate Ms. Lawson going to the trouble to do what she's doing to make it better,” he said.
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