The Hope Chapter
Marla Jones, Staff Reporter
“So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!” Psalm 31:24
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual health campaign in October to help raise awareness of the disease and also to raise funds for research, prevention and a cure.
One in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. It is estimated that in 2016 there will be 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women.
According to the American Cancer Society, Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancerous) if the cells can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.
The Hope Chapter is a local is a nonprofit organization that was founded by cancer survivors and friends to help assist those who are battling cancer. While there are many foundations that raise money for research, The Hope Chapter’s goal is to raise money for those who are currently fighting the disease. The diagnosis of cancer is devastating in itself, but combined with the added financial hardship that many face, it can be crippling. The mission of The Hope Chapter is to reduce the stress by offering financial help to patients while they are going through treatments and or surgeries. Their wish is for those fighting this dreadful disease to concentrate on healing rather than worry about money for necessities such as utilities, groceries or gas.
Since their formation as a non profit organization, The Hope Chapter has provided help for over thirty patients, giving out over $37,000. Southern Torch employees would like to help The Hope Chapter in their wonderful ministry. We are donating to help them help others. Our donation is made in honor of Rainsville Cancer Survivor, Jenni Bobo.
“The day that I received my diagnosis is still very vivid in my head a little over a year later. The feelings and emotions I went through are also fresh. If you have been there then you understand being nervous and scared but then becoming a fighter! I am blessed with a wonderful family and an abundance of friends who helped myself during my journey. This is not always the case for everyone. That is why The Hope Chapter is such a wonderful organization. Their purpose is to help cancer patients in need while they are fighting for their lives. I do and will continue to support this great cause.”
Please join us and make your donation to The Hope Chapter today, not just for Breast Cancer Month but all year round. The Hope Chapter is located at, 92 East Main Street in Rainsville. Their office is donated by OxyMed owners, Lia and Jonathan Temple. For more information on the The Hope Chapter, you can find them on Facebook or you can call Rhonda Whidbee at (256) 390-2834.