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Locals give money to locals to help fight cancer, one family at a time

A local group aims to be an advocate and a friend for people in the North Country that are affected by cancer. The North Country Cancer Fund wants to get the message out there to people in Essex, Clinton and St. Lawrence counties that they are here to help.

A local group aims to be an advocate and a friend for people in the North Country that are affected by cancer. The North Country Cancer Fund wants to get the message out there to people in Essex, Clinton and St. Lawrence counties that they are here to help.

PLATTSBURGH — A local group aims to be an advocate and a friend for people in the North Country that are affected by cancer. The North Country Cancer Fund wants to get the message out there to people in Essex, Clinton and St. Lawrence counties that they are here to help.

“We haven’t turned down anyone who has asked for help,” said North Country Cancer Fund (NCCF) founder Thomas Douglas. “We have had times where we couldn’t give people all the money they requested but they can reapply after.”

It is the mission of the NCCF to raise money and supply financial assistance to families in the three counties who have a family member afflicted with cancer.

Douglas started the fund with Rodney Provost in 2007. Joining the team has been Dawn Morrow, and Douglas’ wife Barbara Douglas. Since the formation of the NCCF the organization has grown to include many people actively trying to help their neighbors. Douglas said together he and Provost saw a need for direct support for North Country cancer patients, survivors and family members.

“My husband and I became involved in different cancer fund raisers and we saw that the money we raised here didn’t all stay here so he wanted to do something just for our community members,” said Barbara. “We decided to start this fund for everybody and when someone needs it we give them what we can from our pot.”

The NCCF also offers funding to cancer patients in the three counties while they undergo treatment.

“We offer money for non-medical costs associated with treatment like travel and food and anything they might need, we’ve even helped someone make their mortgage payments while their young son went through treatment,” Thomas said. “Anyone going through cancer has a hard time paying their bills.”

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