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Children of oncologists in Meridian raising money for cancer patients

Children of the oncologists here at Anderson Regional Cancer Center will be serving up fresh lemonade in order to serve cancer patients through their Benevolence Fund, which covers extra costs not covered by insurance. “It’s hard enough to be going through chemo and radiation, but to have to worry about electricity and how you’re going to pay for that and gas to and from—just little things where we can help where we may not even realize there’s a need for our community,” said Amanda Cassell, who is the wife of Oncologist Dr. Matthew Cassell.

Cassell said this is also a way for the children to get into the spirit of giving. “I think it’s great for everybody, for the community and for our children, just to show that it’s better to give than to receive and to see the joy on everyone’s face as the children serve the community,” said Cassell. “The children get to see the joy in the faces as they’re giving and just seeing the joy in everybody.”

Not only will lemonade and homemade sweets be sold, but artwork done by Cassell herself, who started Give Hope Designs three years ago to also help the Benevolence Fund. “Give Hope Designs is something that we came up with three years ago. I started with art in my husband’s office just to help those patients that might be needing a little faith at the time, and it’s just grown over the last three years. We usually do art around Christmas time, and we donate 100% of those donations to the Benevolence Fund as well.” The lemonade stand will kick off at 10 a.m. and go until 12 p.m. Cash and checks will be accepted, and, of course, donations are welcome.

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