POMEROY — Cancer affects us all, directly or indirectly.
Lee Morris’s mother, Ann, passed away from lung cancer. Morris, himself, is 3 years cancer free. A big help to him while he was traveling multiple times a week for his treatments was the Meigs County Cancer Initiative (MCCI). They provided him with gas vouchers that helped to offset the costs of travel.
Eventually, Morris found himself in a spot where he could give back to an organization that had helped him so much. Rather than just make a donation himself, he instead decided to get other people involved to raise more money than he himself on his own could donate.
As a result, almost five years ago the first Ann Morris Poker Run was held to benefit the MCCI. To date, $9,300 has been raised, with over $2,300 of that raised at last year’s benefit alone. Every penny raised has gone towards the MCCI’s gas voucher program. Last year’s benefit ensured that roughly 118 vouchers can be distributed among those in Meigs County with cancer.
The date for 2017’s benefit has already been set for Sept. 10, 2017. Registration for the event is $10. The Poker Run will take place concurrently with a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, and indoor rummage sale. The spaghetti dinner, silent auction, and indoor rummage sale will all take place at the Rutland Civic Center, while the Poker Run begins and ends there. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the MCCI’s gas voucher program. Morris welcomes all donations, which are tax deductible. Donors who give money, services, or products worth at least $150 are considered sponsors, and will be acknowledged as such with a plaque and their name on a sponsors’ banner at the event.
Anyone wishing to make a donation may contact Lee Morris at 740-742-0809 or via Facebook through the poker run’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/annmorriscancerawarenesspokerrun/. Additionally, they may made donations at any City National Bank or Farmers Bank location under MCCI Poker Run.
Jessica Marcum is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.
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