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ABB Foundation gives $10,000 to Halifax Cancer Association

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The ABB Foundation presented a $10,000 check to Sharon Blosser (second from left), director for the Halifax County Cancer Association, on Thursday morning. The money is a match for the $11,900 that local ABB employees had raised earlier after participating in the Sept. 14 Walk For Hope. Shown with Blosser are, from left, Julie Dunavant of ABB and liaison to the HCCA, Blosser, Wanda Blythe, ABB Human Resources Manager and Petter Fisherud, ABB vice president and general manager. (SOMcL photo)
SoVaNow.com / December 23, 2013
The Halifax County Cancer Association received a $10,000 check on Thursday morning from the ABB Foundation. The money is a match for the $11,900 that local ABB employees had raised earlier after participating in the Sept. 14 Walk For Hope.

In addition to participating in the Walk, employees had held an ice cream special back in the spring to raise funds for the Cancer Association as well as raffling off two primary parking spots for their employees as they worked to raise more money. Other contributions came from family members and friends.

According to Wanda Blythe, Human Resources Manager for the local ABB plant, the company chose to support the Cancer Association because “everyone has someone or knows someone affected by cancer and we wanted to help.”

Sharon Blosser, director for the Halifax County Cancer Association, said all the donated funds stay in Halifax County. She explained that over the past year her organization has given patients, their families or their caregivers about $7,500 for gas mileage, helping people to pay for their travel to doctors or treatment centers. Another $4,000 has gone to help pay for medications, Blosser said.

ABB’s donation will go a long way in helping the Association to meet the many demands it faces in trying to help local victims of cancer, Blosser said, adding a special thanks to the company.

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