Local ASBL ready to equip the community
Flo Bellamy, director of the Johnson County Cancer Support Group, stands proudly next to one of the group’s wheelchairs Friday, March 4, 2022, in Mountain City, Tennessee. Photo submitted.
Submitted by Johnson County Cancer Support Group
Since the early 1990s, the Johnson County Cancer Support Group has diligently served local cancer patients, striving to meet their immediate needs and beyond.
Funded entirely by community donations and United Way of Tennessee, the group has provided thousands of dollars in assistance to individuals in the form of nutritional supplements, groceries, medical equipment, and paid travel and pharmacy expenses. .
Now officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit “under the umbrella” of the Hometown Service Coalition, the support group looks forward to a future of continued and increased outreach within the county.
Although the group is primarily known for its work with cancer patients, it works alongside the Roan Creek Baptist Church to collect and distribute medical supplies, ranging from wheelchairs and shower chairs to walkers and walkers. bedspreads.
“Medical equipment has been a blessing to people,” said Flo Bellamy, director of Johnson County Cancer Support Group. “Our equipment is not limited to cancer patients. It doesn’t matter who you are, if you need it and we have it, we’ll provide it.
According to Flo, about five years after starting the support group, she was approached by Harry Cunningham, then associate pastor of Roan Creek Baptist Church. He asked how his church could help continue the support group’s efforts in the community. Flo informed him of their need for storage space for the donated equipment, which was, at that time, stored in her home and several friends’ garages.
“The stress of our need for storage almost cost me several friendships,” Flo laughed, recalling a friend not being able to park her car in her own garage because it was full of medical equipment.
After hearing the need for the support group, Roan Creek Baptist Church stepped in to ease the burden. Now, more than twenty years later, the church has become a valued partner of the Cancer Support Group, storing, delivering and assembling medical equipment for those in need.
“I’ve always been that person to say why not?” said Flo. “You do it because it’s the right thing to do. That’s what my mother always told me. I learned it from her.
For more information about the Johnson County Cancer Support Group and how to donate, contact Flo Bellamy at 727-2942.
For more information on the medical equipment offered, contact Roan Creek Baptist Church.