By MELODY BROWN-PEYTON
Of The Record Staff
Make plans to attend the Fonnie Godwin Laps For Life Walk on Saturday at Tart Park in Dunn.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the fee is $25; the walk will take place at 9 a.m.
Friends Fighting Cancer is hosting this event in loving memory of the late Fonnie Godwin, a popular teacher at Dunn Middle School.
Mrs. Godwin started the walk to raise funds for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Her friends promised her that they would continue the walk in order to help as many people as possible who are affected by this disease.
All proceeds will go towards helping cancer patients pay for medication, housing expenses and educational assistance through the Friends Fighting Cancer organization while they are in treatment for cancer.
Her mother, Cecelia Godwin, said, “The walk is a continuation of her legacy of goodwill. She was a remarkable woman.”
This is just one of many fundraising events that Friends Fighting Cancer hosts.
Last week, they held a silent auction at The Cellar in Dunn; $1,400 was raised.
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enjoyed food from a food truck, while enjoying the music of disc jockey Butch Halpin with Carolina Sounds.
It was an evening of fun and fellowship with friends, and for a great cause.
This past spring, Friends Fighting Cancer held a Southern Soiree at the Howard House and raised over $40,000.
The soiree was held on a humid spring evening, and people came out dressed in southern garden-style attire to help raise money to fight cancer.
Fonnie Godwin was well loved by her community and that’s evident in everything she touched. On March 31, 2015, God called Mrs. Godwin from labor to reward.
Laps for Life is held each year to raise money for those who have been diagnosed with cancer to help them financially.
“Take a look around and see what we have before us. The outpouring of love to this community makes everything we do so rewarding,” said Friends Fighting Cancer President Robbie Tart.
The organization remains committed to giving hope and celebrating life, by treating cancer patients and assisting their families.
The American Cancer Society reports 1.6 million people are diagnosed each year with cancer and 589,000 deaths are the result. The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which helps to increase awareness of the disease.