7th Annual Help the Hoo-Hahs 5K Run-Walk

7th Annual Help the Hoo-Hahs 5K Run-Walk

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Where: Savannah International Trade and Convention Center

Description:

Help the Hoo-Hahs 5K Run/Walk raises money to benefit gynecologic cancer patients at the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. Come be a part of the 2017 event Saturday, September 23, at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center at 8:30 a.m. This is a flat, scenic course for walkers and runners of all ages. Jogging strollers and dogs on a lease are welcome.

Vicki Rushing is 46 years old and lives in Townsend, Georgia. For several years, she experienced signs of what she thought was menopause, and thought nothing of it. In October 2016, the same weekend that Hurricane Matthew was pummeling Coastal Georgia, Rushing began bleeding heavily and knew something was not right. A voice in her head told her that she needed to get help, fast. Because of the hurricane, none of the medical facilities near her were open, except Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC). Rushing traveled to MUMC right away. She was shocked to learn that she had uterine cancer.

Rushing was an active caregiver for several family members and was unable to work a regular job. She had no insurance and no way of paying for her medication, her chemotherapy, or her radiation treatment. In addition to going through cancer treatment, she also had to pay her rent and utilities, buy groceries, and buy gas to get to and from her appointments.

Rushing received financial assistance from funds raised by Help the Hoo-Hahs to support women dealing with a gynecologic cancer. This enables her to pay for medical expenses, utility bills, and fuel while she is in active treatment. Rushing is very appreciative and knows she would not be able to access the care she needs without the Help the Hoo-Hahs funds. She says:

Vickie Rushing“It means so much to not have stress, worry, and strain over paying for rent, groceries, and bills. It is all being taken care of without having to rely on other family members and friends who also don’t have the funds to support me. It’s a BIG deal! It means a lot! I am so blessed to have ya’ll. Because of these funds and the staff at the Anderson Cancer Institute, I feel important. I feel like I am someone who deserves to be taken care of.”

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