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MASON CITY, Iowa – A new way to raise money for cancer patients and their families was unveiled in North Iowa Sunday.
“Cops Against Cancer” brought their new Cancer Mobile Relief Center to Mason City to be part of CENT Credit Unions 4th annual CENT-a-bration, but the event had to be cancelled due to expected stormy weather. The Mobile Relief Center still made it to Mason City, however, as its first road trip.
It’s a trailer that can operate as a commercial grade mobile food concession with a large BBQ smoker and will be touring the state as part of meal fundraisers in communities where “Cops Against Cancer” has clients. Executive Director Craig Phinney says the idea for the Mobile Relief Center started 18 months ago and they finally got the trailer in early June.
Phinney says this will allow them to stage a meal event where they can raise money for one particular family affected by cancer without affecting the assistance they give to all their other clients.
“Cops Against Cancer” was founded in 2010 and provides cancer patients and families with group support transition and life purpose coaching, navigation and advocacy resource referrals, grief and loss coaching, survivor to survivor recovery programs, financial assistance, and educational speaking forums. Phinney says they try to fill in the gaps in areas where federal funding has been eliminated or exhausted.
He says the support of CENT Credit Union has been essential to “Cops Against Cancer” and the creation of the Mobile Relief Center.
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