Concert ben­e­fits Ge­or­gia Can­cer Sup­port in Rock­mart

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]­hoo.com

With well over $6,000 raised and aware­ness for Ge­or­gia Can­cer Sup­port (GCS) at an all-time high, the third an­nual Rob­bie Pod­skoc White concert proved to be a no­table suc­cess for Polk as a whole.

Four dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal acts drew in a siz­able crowd that do­nated $10 per ticket, and con­ces­sions and draw­ings served to raise even more money for the or­ga­ni­za­tion that prides it­self on help­ing strug­gling can­cer pa­tients.

Di­ag­nosed pa­tients earn­ing less than $1,500 per month in to­tal house­hold in­come can ap­ply for sup­port at www. gc­spolk.com or by phone at (470) 388-9013.

Those ac­cepted can re­ceive up to $150 in food, pre­scrip­tions, ne­ces­si­ties, and much more each quar­ter of the year.

“A big thing we do is fur­nish gas cards for those who ap­ply,” said GCS co-pres­i­dent Judy Wig­gins. “A lot of peo­ple have trou­ble mak­ing it to Rome (for treat­ment) and back, so a $100 gas card makes a big dif­fer­ence.”

Ap­pli­cants can ap­ply up to 4 times per year, once per quar­ter, and the GCS is will­ing to make di­rect con­tact with pa­tients who made need help fill­ing out pa­per­work. Sup­port group vol­un­teers also pro­vide com­fort­ing ser­vices such as hospi­tal vis­its, er­rand run­ning, and shut­tle ser­vices.

“Mov­ing into the third year, we’d like peo­ple to know that we’ve helped every can­cer pa­tient that has qual­i­fied for our help,” Wig­gins said. “We’ve also branched out. A few dif­fer­ent pa­tients have had dif­fer­ent needs, and we’ve been able to meet those needs. We make con­tact with each applicant. Our first goal is to speak with them and let them know we’re pray­ing for them.”

This year’s $6,000 plus fig­ure is a mar­ginal in­crease from the pre­vi­ous concert’s to­tal of $4,587, but the num­ber of pa­tients in need sees an an­nual in­crease, too.

Those in­ter­ested in mak­ing a do­na­tion (money, ob­jects, ap­pli­ances) to GCS can mail do­na­tions to P.O Box 2 Rock­mart, GA 30153 or con­tact the staff via the de­scribed email or tele­phone.

The group is also host­ing a silent auc­tion at this year’s River­walk Fes­ti­val, so those in­ter­ested in sup­ply­ing items or be­ing a ven­dor can find in­for­ma­tion us­ing the above con­tact in­for­ma­tion.

“We’re all Rock­mart folks, and we’re work­ing to serve ev­ery­one in Polk,” Wig­gins said. “So, we are des­per­ately seek­ing some help from peo­ple in Cedar­town and Aragon. We prob­a­bly end up hav­ing more re­quests from Cedar­town peo­ple than we do Rock­mart.”

Those in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a vol­un­teer can con­tact any GCS mem­ber for more in­for­ma­tion. The group’s web­site also sports de­tails on the process.

Be­tween do­na­tions and auc­tions, the concert re­mains as GCS’s big­gest fundraiser, how­ever. When Rob­bie Pod­skoc White passed away on Jan­uary 10th, 2016 af­ter nearly 9 years of bat­tling Stage 4 colon can­cer, the woman’s loved ones and com­mu­nity re­fused to sit back si­lently as can­cer con­tin­ued to cause grief in their home­town. In honor of their lost friend, the Ge­or­gia Can­cer Sup­port group, Polk County citizens, and many of White’s for­mer school­mates cre­ated what is now a Polk main­stay.

Shel­ter, The Pea Val­ley Fly­ers, Jules and the Red­neck Romeos, and duo Justin Brog­don and Benji Shanks were the groups that per­formed clas­si­cal coun­try, rock, and western tunes dur­ing the Sept. 8 event. Pri­mar­ily lo­cal mu­si­cians, the bands re­in­forced the idea of com­mu­nity kin­ship for the four-hour concert.

Those who missed the chance to do­nate and en­joy the concert will be given the op­por­tu­nity to dance at the fourth an­nual ben­e­fit concert. White may have passed on, but her mes­sage lives strong in Polk citizens that showed up in droves to of­fer both money and sup­port for their neigh­bors.

/ Sean Wil­liams

Shel­ter took the stage to sup­port Ge­or­gia Can­cer Sup­port’s Polk County chap­ter in Rock­mart over the week­end.

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