Woman donates store sales to help cancer patients

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A Knox County woman is using the memory of her daughter to help cancer patients.

Dorothy Cain is selling everything in her store and donating the money to the Knox County Cancer Patient Fund.

Cain owns the Old & New Treasures store in Barbourville. As she aged, she planned to sell everything and give the money to her daughter Margaret, but last November, Margaret Cain Bruce died of cancer.

"I decided then that I would sell everything in my store for the cancer fund in my daughter's memory," Cain said.

"Just to be honest, I cried. I didn't know what to say when they told me it was going to happen," said Dale Smith, President of the Knox County Cancer Patient Fund organization.

Smith says the Knox County Cancer Patient Fund helps around eighty people each year with expenses traveling to treatments or bills.

"Naturally it gets hard to go to your treatments so the money that we write them, it helps a great deal," said Smith.

Smith says the fund was running out of money due to more patients needing help this year. Dorothy Cain is donating 100% of the store's sales to the fund.

Her goal is to raise $34,000 for the cancer fund.

"And people have really laughed at me, but I'm telling you, I have the assurance that I will be able to do that," said Cain.

The store has thousands of antiques and other items including china, glassware, dolls, jewelry, books, music, instruments, toys, and furniture.

"I'd like to see everything in this store go out the door," Cain said.

The store is located on US-25E South across the street from the Hampton Funeral Home.

Smith said all patients who receive help from the Knox County Cancer Patient Fund are approved through an application process.

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