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April 23, 2013

Cullman County Bosom Buddies announces formation of local ‘Helping Hands’ Foundation to help Cancer Patients


Bosom Buddies/Helping Hands/Mary Dyer

CULLMAN — The Cullman County Bosom Buddies have been a very active support group in Cullman for many years with a dedicated group of volunteers participating in patient service programs, cancer support groups, and fundraising for research and patient services. We are now pleased to announce the formation of a local foundation to help our community cancer patients that are in need. As the medical community changes the need for assistance has increased and we see it every day- that is why this foundation has become a reality.

"No one should have to face a cancer diagnosis and then worry about daily living issues for their families," said Mary Dyer, Foundation founder and volunteer in Cullman. "We hope this support will make the difference in their treatment journey as well as provide hope, strength and resources for others to cope with their experience."

Right now the foundation board is working to finish guidelines and start fundraising efforts as to begin meeting needs as soon as possible. "There are many unmet needs for our local cancer patients and we hope this foundation will help us close some of those, removing hurdles and getting them through their journey with less stress," said Rhonda Neal, RN-nurse navigator, CRMC.

Cancer is a health problem for every racial, ethnic and socioeconomic group. We are committed to serving all of these populations, and therefore providing a much needed service for Cullman residents. "To do this, we also need you!" said Josh Speakman, foundation board member, and manager of Brandin' Iron Steakhouse.  “We want to keep it local helping cancer patients who are struggling through their journey and that need is growing every day with all the changes in healthcare laws. If you are willing to get involved, and help us make a difference in our community, hosting or assisting with our fundraising efforts, give us a call."

For more information on the CCBB, Helping Hands Foundation and helping with our efforts, contact Mary Dyer at 256-734-8729, Rhonda Neal 256-737-2588 or Josh Speakman at 256-736-3814.