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Cancer Society plans event to honor Petree

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By Jennifer Caldwell

The Campbell County Cancer Society is taking time out to honor the memory of one of its own.

On Friday at 7 p.m. the local group will host a candlelight program at LaFollette City Park, across from the LaFollette Fire Department, to honor the service of the late Glen Petree and remember those who have succumbed to cancer or are fighting for their lives.

Petree, who was the long time director of the Campbell County Baptist Association and an integral part of the Campbell County Cancer Society’s operation, lost his own battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in December 2008.

Judy Rice, chairperson of the local chapter, said Petree’s dedication to the 24 –year- old organization was vital to its success.

“We just wanted to do something for Glen because he did so much for us,” Rice said of the event planned for Friday evening.

Since Petree’s death, the Campbell County Cancer Society, has obtained office space in the former West LaFollette Elementary School building.

In a time when seemingly everyone is impacted by cancer either directly or indirectly, the cancer society is an invaluable resource with the ability to meet a wide range of needs for cancer patients. 

Gas, cancer medications, food supplements and wigs are just some of the things the local chapter is able provide for Campbell County residents suffering from cancer, according to Rice.

Since moving to the new location, Rice said Cancer society volunteers have been busy with calls.

“We’re just surprised at how many contacts we have received. We were able to respond to the needs of 64 people in the month of March,” Rice commented.

The office of the Campbell County Cancer Society is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 562-2246.