2013-11-07 / Local & State

Fight Like A Girl Wraps Up Annual Cancer Fundraiser

Raises more than $9,200 for three residents
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


Fifth annual Fight Like A Girl cancer benefit organizers Deb Toothman, far left, and Jill Stains, far right, presented Kathy Hendershot, second from left, and Mary Barnhart, second from right, with checks in the amount of $3,069. Unable to make the check presentation Friday was fellow recipient Johnathan Farling. Fifth annual Fight Like A Girl cancer benefit organizers Deb Toothman, far left, and Jill Stains, far right, presented Kathy Hendershot, second from left, and Mary Barnhart, second from right, with checks in the amount of $3,069. Unable to make the check presentation Friday was fellow recipient Johnathan Farling. NEWS EDITOR

“Wow,” exclaimed a stunned Mary Barnhart and Kathy Hendershot. The duo along with Johnathan Farling were among three Fulton County residents to receive sizeable checks last week in connection with the fifth annual “Fight Like A Girl” cancer benefit.

Held October 5, at Calvary Baptist Life Center in Mc- Connellsburg, the fundraising event headed by organizer Deb Toothman, as predicted, proved to be bigger and better than ever, with $9,207 being raised through event ticket sales and auction proceeds.

This year, Barnhart, of Needmore, as well as Farling and Hendershot, both of Big Cove Tannery, each took home checks totalling $3,069 to assist with expenses and mounting medical bills from ongoing cancer treatments. The success of this particular event, Toothman said, was likely due to several reasons, including the large amount of auction items the three families were able to locate for the benefit and that last month’s Fight Like A Girl will be the final one held in Fulton County.

The premise behind Fight Like A Girl actually originated when Toothman, a Longaberger consultant, found out her organization had worked side-by-side with the American Cancer Society for nearly 20 years. Toothman’s hopes were to offer a similar concept here but to put all of the money raised straight back into the community and local residents suffering from cancer. With help from her fellow “Longaberger girls,” Toothman’s concept quickly became a reality.

This year around 200 individuals purchased tickets for the event, which included an auction, a soup, salad and dessert buffet and a special keynote address by Matthew Pilkerton of Tri-State Community Health Center. This year’s three recipients were also asked to share their personal testimony or story.

According to Toothman, who was aided in her fundraising endeavors by fellow committee members Jill Stains, Megin Feagley, Marianne Hoffman and Heather Detwiler, the five-year grand total for the Fight Like A Girl cancer benefit is $22,269.

Toothman pointed out that the success of the annual event would not have been possible without the assistance of the community, its residents and businesses. She applauded their ongoing efforts and willingness to reach out and support those in need within the community.

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