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However,he could not get to the office to get his radi- ation therapy as he did not have enough money to get two gallons of gas a day, five days a week for six weeks." He did not need more research he only needed a gas card to cure his cancer, Atkins said. "We got a gas card for him,he got his radiation therapy,and he should be cured,"he said. "This is essentially one of the instances that led to the creation of Southeastern Cancer Care's Cures for the Colors." Cures for the Colors,is a 501(c)3,non- profit,tax exempt organization estab- lished in 2011. The organization was created to help cancer patients in Eastern North Carolina by assisting with basic living essentials such as grocery vouchers,gas cards,util- ity payments and oncology related pre- scription drugs. All of the proceeds raised stay in East- ern North Carolina to help those who are on active chemotherapy,radiation or within three months of surgery. Each person can get up to $1,500 a year,based on income,not on assets. Assistance is offered to patients who live east of Interstate 95 or the counties that have I-95 within their boundaries. Applicants do not have to be a patient of Southeastern Medical Oncology Center in order to receive this help. To raise funds for this organization, Southeastern Cancer Care — as well as community civic and social organizations — hold fundraisers throughout the year. These events include a family fun 5K, fall fashion show,a tractor ride,yoga classes,musical plays,hunting contests, a golf tournament,a dance competition and a motorcycle ride. In order to receive funds the patient can contact Southeastern Cancer Care Coordinator Lee Parrish. Approval is subject to meeting the above criteria and income level that has Rallying around patients in need W hen a loved one is diag- nosed with cancer,the lives of those charged with car- ing for them take on a laser-focused quality. Caregivers serve as nurses,cooks, chauffeurs,therapists,confidants and more,their day-to-day existence warping around the disease nearly as much as the patient's themselves. For Diane Mitchell,whose hus- band,Jerry,died from pancreatic can- cer in 2014,handling that responsi- bility –– and loss –– taught her things about herself she never thought possible. • Jerry's cancer diagnosis came as a surprise for the Mitchell family.A healthy,active man,Jerry had recently run a Disney marathon with one of his sons when,in the summer of 2011,he began to experience stom- ach pain. By November of that year,the diag- Diane Mitchell lost her husband,Jerry,to pancreatic cancer. She was his caregiver for two years during the fight. Coping with the loss Diane Mitchell holds a photo of her late husband Jerry Mitchell,who passed away from pan- creatic cancer in 2014. Mitchell served as her husband's caretaker for years as he fought the disease. "Cancer is just one of the worst things that can happen to a person. It takes your independence, it took his body, you watch that person slowly become almost nothing. No fat on his body, his thoughts were not the same. It just takes everything. — Diane Mitchell,caregiver See COPING, Page 19A See RALLYING, Page 19A Photo submitted Jerry Mitchell poses for a photo with his granddaughters Maia,left,Sally Ann,center and Kelli,right. Mitchell's wife, Diane,said that his granddaughters were part of what kept Mitchell going during his fight against pancreatic cancer. Story and photo by Joey Pitchford

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