POMEROY — On September 7, the first Ann Morris Cancer Awareness Poker Run was conducted in Meigs County under the direction and coordination of Lee Morris.
A total of $2,500 was raised for MCCI clients who may not be able to fund the necessary trips for their cancer treatments. Morris had been a recipient of financial assistance (in the form of gasoline vouchers) from MCCI when he was undergoing cancer treatments. Now that he is a survivor, but has lost his mother to cancer, he wanted to show his gratitude to MCCI in a tangible way while also memorializing his mother, Ann Morris. Ann died of lung cancer last year.
Lee Morris is a Meigs County motorcycle enthusiast so he thought of, planned and coordinated a Poker Run MCCI Fundraiser in which several motorcycle groups took part.
For a small fee, 86 registered riders participated on 60 motorcycles. Each participant bought a t-shirt emblazoned with the poker run logo and names of sponsoring organizations. Each site had educational information of a different type of cancer. A MCCI volunteer and cancer survivor of the particular type was available at each site to discuss the cancer and answer any questions or concerns. Seven in-county sites were used as poker stops where the riders enjoyed free incentives, snacks and beverages. At the seventh and final site, the participants enjoyed a Chinese auction, live entertainment, a hog roast, door prizes, etc.
On September 6, 2014, the second Annual Ann Morris Cancer Awareness Poker Run will be held. Vendors are welcome to phone (740) 992-5469 to discuss what they may sell at the sites. Sponsors are needed along with new items for the Chinese Auction, donations of any amount and volunteers to help coordinate this fun event. Sponsors may have their name emblazoned on the back of a new commemorative t-shirt for a donation of $200 or more. All donations are tax exempt since MCCI is a 501c3, non-profit organization.
MCCI is always looking for new members. The group meets the first Monday of each month at noon at the Meigs County Health Department conference room. The group is dedicated to decreasing cancer rates in our community. Members can be as involved as they choose to be. The goal is to educate and bring attention to cancer gaps in Appalachia.
MCCI has accounts at Farmer’s Bank in Pomeroy and City National Bank in Mason, W.Va., and is still accepting donations. Checks can be made out to Cancer Awareness/MCCI and may be mailed to MCCI, PO Box 85, Pomeroy, Ohio. Be sure to write Ann Morris Cancer Awareness Poker Run on the bottom, left hand side of the check on the memo line.
For more information about the poker run: www.facebook.com/annmorriscancerawareness