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The Idaho Potato Commission’s big potato truck stopped by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Newnan Campus on Tuesday to raise funds for Assistance in Healthcare.
A gigantic potato from the Idaho Potato Commission stopped by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Newnan campus on Tuesday to help raise funds for cancer patients.
The potato, loaded on a large tractor-trailer truck, arrived at the CTCA Newnan Campus on Tuesday, its only stop in Georgia for the year. The potato was there to help raise funds for Assistance in Healthcare, a program that will help cancer patients pay for their regular expenses.
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According to Melissa Bradford, the driver of the potato truck, the Idaho Potato Commission, through its charity A Big Helping, raised $500 for Assistance in Healthcare on Tuesday.
The tour goes around seven months, visits around 70 cities and covers 30,000 miles. Bradford said the big potato has visited Louisiana, the Houston Art Car Parade in Texas, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hilton Head, S.C., and the First Ever 19th Annual Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs, Ark.
The potato, made of fibreglass, is four tons and is the second version built.
The first version is out in a field near Boise and has been converted into an AirBnB location for interested parties to spend the night in. That potato, now known as the Big Idaho Potato Hotel, was originally constructed in 2012 to honor the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission.
“We award approximately $10,000 to $15,000 a month to any cancer patient that applies for financial assistance for non-medical needs,” said Lana Mobley, president of the AIH board and senior administrative assistant with Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Newnan campus. “We help with utilities, rent, mortgage, gasoline, food, and any childcare.”
AIH’s board will review all grant requests and verify if patients had received surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.
Mobley said the grants can change the lives of cancer patients forever.
As part of the fundraising efforts, Friends of the Fight and AIH is holding a Casino Night on April 30 at the Newnan Centre. The event will be held from 6-10 p.m. So far, Mobley said, a total of $84,000 has been raised for AIH just from sponsorships alone, out of a goal of $125,000.
For tickets to the Casino Night, visit newnan.aih.org.
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