It seems like this year, I have known more people with cancer than ever, and not just people my age (the AARP Crowd), but all ages. Two individuals I know have passed away in the last month while many of the victims are children of people I know – some as young as their 30s and even younger.

Cancer can be an oppressive all-consuming reality to those affected while any form of relief or assistance is a tremendous blessing. That’s where Kickin’ Cancer with Kindness of Daviess County comes in by providing gas cards for cancer victims to defray the cost of traveling to and from cancer treatments. The program was started a few years ago by several men from the Gallatin Methodist Church.

The 5th Annual BBQ block party will be 5-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, on Market Street between the lumber company and the Methodist Church. Free will donations are accepted and ALL proceeds from the event go to purchase the gas cards.

BTC and Farmers Bank in Gallatin and Home Exchange Bank in Jamesport will continue to distribute the free $25 gas cards. Cancer patients going to treatment may request a gas card at the banks’ lobby or drive-up window.

Many churches, businesses, clubs and individuals have joined together to provide the food and silent auction items for the fund-raiser.  Again this year, Greg Houghton has donated his time to prepare the BBQ pork. Mark and Keith Gay, along with Christian Church Praise Team, and Harrison Pettit have volunteered their time for the entertainment. The silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 6:15 p.m.

In 2017, over 200 people attended, raising $8,456 from the meal donations and silent auction bids during the evening.  So far this year, gas cards totaling $7,950 have been distributed to cancer patients.

Those donating by check to this worthy cause of helping your neighbor should make checks payable to Kickin’ Cancer with Kindness.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held downstairs in the Methodist Church.

For more information, contact Lola Critten, Johnny Brown, Nancy Tate or Jane McKinsey.

— by Troy Lesan