Cancer……Diabetes……two of the leading causes of death not just around the world but right here at home in Scotland County.  These diseases are not something that we hear about on the periphery; they affect the people who we love the most. Everyone has at least one family member, friend, or neighbor who is struggling daily with the challenges of managing and combatting these two chronic diseases, some who battle both at the same time.  Funds raised through the 2016 FUNd Run-4-Life will stay right here at home, benefiting our own communities.

Cancer - Did You Know?

  • Approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes
  • In 2016, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 595,690 people will die from the disease
  • In 2014, an estimated 15,780 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 were diagnosed with cancer and 1,960 died of the disease
  • An estimated 5 to 10% of cancers are entirely hereditary. Most cancers develop through a combination of hereditary and environmental factors
  • One in 8 deaths in the world is due to cancer
  • Researchers believe that more than half of all cancers and cancer deaths are potentially preventable

How funds are used:

The Patient Assistant Fund for Scotland Cancer Treatment Center benefits patients who are facing the additional burden of financial challenges during the already unimaginable stress associated with a cancer diagnosis. The availability of these funds strives to help to alleviate some of that stress by offering financially burdened patients assistance providing: wigs and other personal care items; travel to and from the cancer center for treatments; nausea & pain medications; and alternative healing therapies through dance and art. This support enables the patient to focus more on healing, mentally and physically, as they work towards finding a new normal through the journey.

Every dollar counts!

  • $10 will provide a patient with refreshments during 2 chemotherapy treatments
  • $25 will provide 5 patients with a much deserved celebration gift on his or her final treatment
  • $50 will provide a wig for one patient experiencing hair loss
  • $50 will provide nausea medication for one patient
  • $50 will allow a patient and their care giver to the annual Cancer Survivor’s Day Celebration
  • $100 will provide pain medication for one patient
  • $200 affords a radiation patient daily transportation for 6 weeks treatment time

Keisha’s Story

Keisha’s story is a little unusual in that she was only 37 years old when diagnosed with breast cancer. Typically a woman doesn’t begin screening mammograms until age 40. But Keisha was experiencing breast pain and discomfort. Understanding her body, Keisha knew that what she was experiencing was not normal. Mammogram results showed no suspicious areas, but Keisha continued to experience breast pain. So she requested and received additional testing, including an ultrasound. Though she did receive a breast cancer diagnosis, Keisha was relieved to know that she was right to listen to the signals her body was giving her and that she was right to be persistent in following through with her medical providers.

“Being told I had breast cancer was a shock,” said Keisha. “I have an aunt who had breast cancer, but she was much older when diagnosed. I was only 37. I thought surely I don’t have cancer.” But a breast biopsy by general surgeon Dr. Chi-Dai Chen confirmed Stage 3 breast cancer. “Though I was surprised by the news, I didn’t cry when Dr. Chen told me I had cancer. I simply told him let’s fix this!”

Following a mastectomy, Keisha received both chemotherapy and radiation therapy at Scotland Cancer Treatment Center. She said, “When I was that it was cancer, I prayed that the Lord would send me to the right place for treatment. And He did. Scotland Cancer Treatment Center is absolutely wonderful. Everyone who works there is kind, caring, and compassionate. On those treatment days when I wasn’t quite as cheerful as I should have been or didn’t feel well, the staff sat with me, encouraged me, and was so kind to me. Most of all, they gave me hope. My medical oncologist is the most caring doctor ever.”

Radiation therapy has compromised Keisha’s immune system which means right now she is unable to return to her job as a guard at the Bennettsville State Prison. And though she’ll have to continue with monthly shots for the next five years and daily chemo pills for a long time to come, Keisha maintains a very positive and thankful attitude. “This experience has taught me that we all need to listen to our bodies. If something feels wrong get it checked out and be persistent until you are satisfied. AND, EVERY woman should have a mammogram starting at age 40, even younger if the person has a family history of breast cancer.”

Diabetes - Did You Know?

  • Diabetes was the fourth leading cause of death in 2013 in Scotland County (SOTCH, 2014).
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the state of North Carolina (SOTCH, 2014).
  • According to the CDC 25.8 million people have diabetes, and 7 million of those individuals are undiagnosed
  • Estimated 79 million adults aged 20 or older have pre-diabetes.
  • About one in every 500 children and teens has type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • More than 26.9% of people aged 65 years of older have diabetes.
  • Contributing factors – Obesity, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and smoking

How funds are used:

Having diabetes, like many other things in your life, is a source of stress. Learning how to manage diabetes is key to one’s emotional and physical well-being. Knowing that you’re able to make a difference in the life of someone who is living with diabetes by making a monetary contribution shows how much you care.

In 2015 Scotland Memorial Foundation was able to offer:

  • Annual Diabetes Health Fair providing education to 97 attendees with over 15 exhibitors and a terrific provider and expert panel discussion
  • Free A1C screenings throughout our communities
  • Free Diabetes Support Group meetings to over 25 individuals and their care givers on a monthly basis
  • Referrals for 42 patients to attend the FREE Diabetes Path to Sweet Success Class from case management and primary care providers

YOU made this possible through generous philanthropic community support!

With such alarming statistics, Scotland Memorial Foundation offers free community screenings allowing the opportunity to receive A1C testing which identifies those with abnormal lab results.  Those with abnormal labs are linked to primary care homes, and have the opportunity to enroll into the diabetes support group and the Diabetes Path to Sweet Success Program to receive education and tips on diabetes self-management.

Diabetic Patient Statement

“Attending both programs taught me a lot. I am now able to count carbs and make healthier choices when choosing my foods. I have added physical activity to my daily routine and I’ve lost 20 pounds since making suggested changes from attending the Path to Sweet Success Class and the Diabetes Support Group. I would highly recommend other dietetics to attend these programs. Thank you Scotland Memorial Foundation.”   – Ms. Burnette Fulmore

THIS IS WHERE WE TURN TO YOU!

We REALLY need YOUR help!!  To continue offering these much needed programs, screenings, medications, and transportation support we ask that you  open your hearts and think about someone you love who has cancer or diabetes and how having either will affect their life – or yours. 

What if you were fighting that battle or a sibling or parents or child? Wouldn’t you like to know that help was available to assist during this most difficult time? Because of the fundraising efforts through the FUNd Run, we are helping hundreds of patients. Together, we can make a difference in our community. 

By honoring survivors and remembering those loved ones who lost their battle with cancer or diabetes You can help!  YOU can make a difference!

JOIN our team today and RACE toward the Ultimate Finish Line:

A Healthier Community

All FUNd Run-4-Life proceeds benefit the Scotland Cancer Treatment Center Patient Assistance Fund and the Diabetes Education Fund.