Project Hope grants $62,000

TUPELO – Project Hope harvested the fruits of community fundraising efforts with more than $62,000 in grants Friday.
The money raised through the annual Festival of Hope will help 11 organizations fight heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
“Our commitment is to send the funds back into the communities we serve,” said Bobby Geno, the 2011 Festival of Hope chairman. “All the hard work will result in benefits to our neighbors.”
More than $42,000 will go to helping those most in need through the Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan and Tree of Life free clinics, NMMC Patient Assistance Funds for diabetes and heart disease and Sisters Network breast cancer screening programs.
The organization committed about $9,000 to educating children on healthy lifestyles through Camp Hopewell diabetes camp for children, Camp Breathe EZZZZE asthma camp and HealthWorks! children’s education center.
More than $8,000 will go to community education efforts through the Weston Reed Cardiovascular Conference and NMMC Cancer Center Barbershop Talk programs, which focus on colon cancer and prostate screening information.
Specific grant awards were:
– $12,000: Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic
– $10,000: NMMC Diabetes Assistance Fund
– $7,500: Weston Reed Cardiovascular Conference
– $7,500: NMMC Heart Patient Assistance Fund
– $7,425: Sisters Network, Tupelo chapter
– $6,000: Tree of Life Free Clinic
– $3,280: Camp Hopewell “Wee Bit Diabetes Camp”
– $3,000: Camp Breathe EZZZZE asthma camp
– $2,749: HealthWorks! Children’s Education Center in Tupelo
– $2,700: Camp Bluebird, program for adult cancer survivors
– $650: NMMC Cancer Center Barbershop Talk

Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal