Events to raise funds for Cancer Care Fund, Diabetes Fund

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ONEIDA — Oneida Health Foundation, Oneida Cornhole, and Oneida Parks and Recreation are joining forces to raise funds for the Cancer Care Fund — with an event Saturday — and the new Diabetes Fund — with another event on Aug. 14.

The Cancer Care Fund was founded by community leaders who were invested in supporting patients and their families while amidst their battle with cancer.

Founding members collected donations and held an Annual Mom Prom event, which raised awareness and funds to assist with groceries, transportation, childcare, gas and tolls, compression garments, rent, medical co-pays, and much more.

As the world shut down, due to the global coronavirus pandemic, so did fundraising events, notes a release.

Non-profits like the Oneida Health Foundation did not have a way to recoup funds that were associated with the shut down, but patients still needed the support because their treatment continued.

With the world re-opening, the opportunity for new events emerged, according to event organizers, and Oneida Cornhole and Oneida Parks and Recreation stepped up to the plate.

The goal is to raise $100,000 for the Cancer Care Fund and another $150,000 to launch the new Diabetes Fund, which will pay for insulin, needles and diabetic strips for those who do not have medical coverage or financial ability to pay for them. Making a difference one dollar at a time.

The Inaugural Tossin’ Bags 2 Toss Out Cancer Cornhole and Community Day is being held on Saturday, May 28, at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the Tournament and other activities begin at 11 a.m.

If weather permits, there will be a Classic Car Cruise-In held at the Costello/Allen Eye Parking Lot, to support the event, as well. Cornhole is a fun, interactive event that can bring people together for a good cause, organizers added.

Entry is $25 per person for three levels of competition; Social, Intermediate and Advanced. 100% of the proceeds will be used to support local patients from Madison and Oneida Counties.

Anyone is welcome to register and play in the tournament. Opportunities to sponsor or donate outside of participating are available, including a certificate or basket for the raffle.

For more information, contact Kate Trombley of Oneida Health Foundation at 315-361-2169 or email at: foundation@oneidahealth.org.

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