Nurses set up shagging event to help their cancer patients

Published 3:47 am Sunday, September 30, 2007

By Staff
Funds raised directly benefit those being treated
By NIKIE MAYO, News Editor
When a handful of nurses decided to take shagging lessons, they figured that a little beach music would help them unwind after work. That idea has morphed into a fundraiser for cancer patients.
The Marion L. Shepard Cancer Center will host “Shaggin’ for a Cause” on Oct. 19 at the Washington Civic Center. The event will feature music from the Craig Woolard Band, led by Washington’s own native son.
There have been several efforts aimed at paying for “bricks and mortar” at the center, which is a division of Beaufort County Hospital. But this fundraiser will have a direct, personal impact, said hospital spokeswoman Pam Shadle. All of the money raised will be divided between the patient-assistance fund and the complementary-therapies budget.
The patient assistance fund helps defray the cost of travel for people who are receiving cancer treatment. For example, a patient may receive money for a tank of gas.
The center’s complementary therapies are free programs offered to cancer patients and their caregivers. The programs include yoga, knitting, music and massage. There are also support groups available. All of the therapies are funded by grants or community contributions.
Tickets for the event are $25 per person. They can be purchased at the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Tourism Development Authority Visitors Center.
Along with plenty of beach music, the evening will offer heavy hors d’oeurvres, a cash bar and a silent auction. The nurses are hoping to make the event an annual one.