Monday, Jul 6, 2009
Harbin Clinic employees topped the charts in their fundraising abilities this year for Relay for Life. The Harbin team raised over $35,000 for the fight against cancer. According to the Relay officials, that was the most money raised by any team in Floyd County.
Over the past few months Harbin departments energetically and creatively worked to raise the funds. With sincere devotion to cancer patients, cancer survivors and cancer caregivers, Harbin employees gave their time and energy to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The culmination of their hard work climaxed with the Relay for Life event held at Ridge Ferry Park on June 26 where Harbin employees staffed their tent and participated in the festivities to “Drive out Cancer” which was the theme this year.
Dana Holbrook, CPACS Administrator for Harbin’s Imaging Department was Harbin Team Captain. “Dana Holbrook did a fantastic job as our Harbin team captain,” commented Lynn Williams. Williams served as the Floyd Relay for Life Chairperson and she is the department manager for the Harbin Clinic Cedartown Medical Center. Holbrook organized the Harbin Team and worked diligently behind the scenes to oversee participation of Harbin Departments and volunteers.
Holbrook said that she wanted to extend a special thanks to all of the Harbin physicians who attended the Relay event on Friday night. “It was very touching to watch the caregivers walk with them and listen to the patients yell out their names while clapping for them and the Harbin Clinic staff,” Holbrook said. “I had one gentleman come to our tent to buy ‘some Harbin Clinic stuff’ because we saved his life,” Holbrook said. Afterwards, he walked over to Dr. Dilawar Khan, his oncologist caregiver, hugged him and introduced him to his family. “That’s why we ‘Relay,’” Holbrook said.
Williams, who has served as the Floyd County Chair for the past three years said that as she looks back through the years she can’t remember a time in her life that she was not affected by the word cancer. Whether it was a family member fighting the battle, patients encountered through her work at Harbin or her best friends from childhood. She said that there has always been someone in her life fighting this disease.
“I ‘Relay’ for them and for our future children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters and friends. We have all witnessed too much pain, seen too much suffering and lost too many people we love. It is time, once again, to fight back with a renewed vengeance to eliminate this disease,” Williams said.