Area Grocery Stores Help Battle Cancer

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

The numbers may surprise you. It's estimated more than 20,000 Kentuckians will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Wednesday, people across the state joined forces with area grocery stores to help battle the disease.

"Houchen's Grocer is a big supporter of the American Cancer Society and every year they do what's called Grocers Fight Cancer," Sherry Payne with the American Cancer Society.

About 50 groceries store across the state invited volunteers to bag groceries, with a portion of sales going directly to the American Cancer Society. Bankers, lawyers, and even the president of Union College came out to show their support.

Something as simple as shopping for groceries could help find a cure for cancer. The manager at IGA said that some people waited all week just to do their shopping on this day.

"They've been waiting for today to come out, so we are really proud to see our community coming out today and support cancer awareness," Jerry Roark, IGA Store Manager.

Two of the volunteer baggers are breast cancer survivors. They told me why community events like this are important.

"Hoping to find a cure for somebody else and for our community. It helps Relay for Life, that's what it's all about," said Alma Martin and Gwen Smith, breast cancer survivors.

The American Cancer Society uses proceeds for education, research, and patient support programs.

"Cancer is the one disease that touches everybody," Payne said.

For more information on how to get involved, contact the American Cancer Society, or log onto

Pink ribbons were also sold at the stores in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All proceeds support the Eastern Kentucky American Cancer Society.

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