As part of this year's Power of Pink fundraiser to benefit the Community Cancer Center in Roseburg, auto dealer Lithia Ford Lincoln of Roseburg donated $100 per car it sold throughout October. Since it sold 65 cars that month, the auto dealer planned to present the center with a check for $6,500 today.
"This is the first year they did this so it's nice of them to go above and beyond and give back to the community," Tammy Turner, executive director for the Community Cancer Center, told The News-Review on Wednesday. "We cannot express our gratitude enough for how generous our community is with their donations, and it just ensures the stability of our cancer center being able to stay open and provide the excellent care we give to our community."
The cancer center uses is donations to help its patients during treatment, recovery and beyond, including paying for treatment when they're unable to pay.
"We've done a lot of write offs over the years and we don't turn anybody away regardless of their ability to pay," Turner said.
Funds also go toward outreach events, classes, workshops and support groups, including two groups to help people quit smoking, the annual Beards, Brew and Prostates Too event to promote prostate health, and the Power of Pink event to educate the public about breast health, to name a few.
In the last year, the center spent 370 hours delivering cancer awareness messages, and involved 24,757 individuals throughout the programs.
Roseburg Honda did a similar donation in 2016 when it donated $100 for each of the 67 cars it sold through October. The Community Cancer Center receives donations throughout the year, and one of its biggest fundraisers is the Focus on Hope fun run event in May.