Friday, March 1, 2013 —
The Albemarle Optimist Club recently donated $800 to the Center of Hope at Stanly Regional Medical Center that will be used to help purchase books and other literature for children affected by cancer and the grief associated with the loss of a loved one from cancer.
The funds will also help create a support group and outings for children whose lives are affected by cancer, especially in situations where a parent is coping with cancer.
The Center of Hope, which opened its doors in December, is a cancer resource center for individuals, families and caretakers whose lives have been touched by cancer.
The center is in the medical office complex, just steps away from the Roy M. Hinson Cancer Center. Inside the spacious facility, cancer patients and their families find a place of inspiration, support, wellness and hope.
Resources found at the Center of Hope include: a cancer resource library, AMI prosthesis, wig and cancer-related products boutique, support groups for patients and caregivers, and classes such as the American Cancer Society’s “I Can Cope” series and “Look Good Feel Better” program.
The Albemarle Optimist Club was chartered in 1954 and for 59 years it has provided programs and activities for young people in the community.
Its motto has been and still is “Friend of Youth” and the club has throughout its history been true to that motto.
The local club also has the distinction of having two past International Presidents, Dr. Carl Bowen, 1964-65 and Dr. J.C. Boone, 1995-96.
Visitors are always welcome to meet with the club on the first and third Tuesdays each month at Sagebrush Restaurant at 6:30 p.m.
The Center of Hope is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed for lunch from 12-1 p.m. To find out when classes take place or for more information about the center’s services call (704) 983-8268.