Local resident, Pam Herndon, is the founder, inspiration, and spearhead of H.O.P.E. For a Day (Helping Other People Endure) scheduled Saturday, September 30. Initially, Pam participated in a walk for breast cancer survivors in memory of those lost to the disease years ago in Atlanta, Georgia. Pam participated in memory and in honor of her sister. Pam’s sister, Jeannie, was diagnosed and passed away to the disease. Then it dawned on her, LaGrange and Troup County would be the perfect setting for a walk to raise funds as she experienced in Atlanta.
H.O.P.E is a day fundraiser organized by a local, energetic, and enthusiastic group of women and men who have a passion for finding a cure for breast cancer. The goal is to raise awareness and funds that will benefit the prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivorship of breast cancer in Troup County.
Throughout the past year, local Troup County residents began raising funds to participate in the walk raising $500 for an adult and $250 for children, ages 1018. Bella Smith, a fifth grade student at LaGrange Academy, recently raised funds to honor her grandmothers, both diagnosed with breast cancer. Bella was instrumental in hosting yards sales and selling homemade baked goods. Easily, she raised $600. Fortunately, each grandmother is a survivor. In addition, Kathy Reyes, a local resident shared she places dimes in a water bottle to raise funds to participate with her team. The dimes added up quickly.
All funds raised to participate in H.O.P.E. for a day remain in Troup County. Free breast exams will also available on the H.O.P.E For a Day is a grassroots effort that consists of a 10 mile walk through historic LaGrange with assisted funding to local agencies.
It is not too late to gather friends and family to support the fight of breast cancer. This event takes place Saturday, September 30, 8 a.m., LaFayette Square in downtown LaGrange.