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It’s The Journey, Inc. Awards Nearly $45K to Northside Hospital Breast Cancer Program

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, receive a 2016 It’s The Journey grant
(l-r) Astrid Wilkie-Mckellar, community outreach coordinator; Adriana Andrade, community health advocate; and Dale Israel, disparities outreach coordinator, all of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, receive a 2016 It’s The Journey grant from Laurel Sybilrud, chairman of the organization’s grants committee.

In 2015, approximately 776 underinsured women received breast cancer screening and diagnostic services through the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute.  Five breast cancers were detected.

More cases of breast cancer are diagnosed and treated at the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute than at any other community hospital in the Southeast.  Early detection of breast cancer saves the lives of thousands of women each year.  However, medically underserved and uninsured women often lack access to care.

On Monday evening, March 7, It’s The Journey, Inc. awarded grants totaling $821,661 to 28 breast cancer programs across Georgia to help them reduce barriers to breast care.  Just over $44,900 of that total went to Northside Hospital to allow the hospital to continue to provide funding for screening mammograms and other breast diagnostic procedures such as ultrasounds, biopsies and more for women who cannot afford them.

“Northside Hospital is so grateful and fortunate to, once again, have the generous support of It’s The Journey,” said Patti Owen, director of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute.  “Their commitment to our patients has been continuous and their financial support of Northside’s Breast Care Program has allowed us to screen more women for breast disease and educate them about the importance of early detection.”

It’s The Journey, producer of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, provides grants annually for Georgia programs that focus on breast cancer screening, diagnostics, genetic counseling and testing, and research.  The funds for these grants were raised during the 2015 Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer by over 1000 walkers and tens of thousands of donors.

“We are proud to facilitate the increased reach of these incredibly impactful breast health organizations,” said Kimberly Goff, executive director of It’s The Journey.  “Their efforts extend across the entire state, reaching over 16,000 Georgians in need of breast health services in nearly 90 counties.  We are particularly proud of our partnership with Northside Hospital, which will benefit citizens in Dawson, Hall, Lumpkin, and Pickens counties.”

This program will provide no cost screening mammography and diagnostic services to financially eligible women, particularly those that are uninsured. Services are provided at any of Northside’s 16 imaging centers or 21 mobile mammography sites.

Of the grant money awarded to Northside, $5,000 was a special award given by one of the 2015 Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer’s highest fundraising teams, Circle of Friends.  Circle of Friends raised more than $53,740 for the event.

When asked why they chose Northside Hospital, Team Captain and Dahlonega resident Diane Turner said, “Our Circle of Friends team is honored to be able to give back to the communities that have faithfully supported us year after year.  These folks have given generously at every team fundraiser that we have had over the years including cow patty bingo games, wine tastings, motorcycle poker runs, concerts, golf tournaments, and live auctions.  Most of our longtime teammates have deep roots in Dawson, Lumpkin and Hall counties, so we are thrilled that our special grant will go to fund mammograms in those counties.”

For a more detailed listing of all 2016 It’s The Journey grant recipients including a brief description of their programs, visit

To learn more about receiving services through the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s breast cancer screenings grants, call 770-667-4400.  Applicants must meet eligibility requirements.  Services are available at select Northside locations, as well as aboard Northside’s ScreenAtlanta mobile-mammography unit.  Interpretation services are available upon request.

For more information about supporting patients at Northside Hospital, visit

Juried Fine Arts and Crafts Show at Big Canoe Chapel

The Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild is excited to announce that the Legacy of Caring Marketplace will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, in and around the Chapel Broyles Center.

by K & R Studios

The Fine Arts and Crafts Show will feature many new artisans and several traditional favorites. Among our new artists will be K & R Studios featuring wood turned items created by Ron and Kat Carrabotta. Also new to the Marketplace will be the work of Kristin Replogle. Kristin’s work is brightly colored, multimedia, Christian art. She creates prayer mugs, prayer panels, fine art, and art prints.

Returning this year with his wonderful food products, Larry Eisenberg of Olive Affairs jokes that he comes for the “best used book sale in the world.” But previous Marketplace attendees loved his Tomato Bisque Soup, tapenades and other items. He uses ordinary ingredients to create extraordinary food.

The Legacy of Caring Marketplace will also offer gently used home accessories at the Collectors’ Corner and a wealth of reading material at the Book Nook. Homemade treats can be found at the Bear Paw Bakery and breakfast and lunch items are served at the Crazy Bear Café. New this year, Big Canoe’s hometown musicians will entertain at the Café from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day and, on Saturday, add a visit to the Classic and Vintage Car Show also in the lower parking lot.

by Kristin Replogle
by Richard Fonde

Since 1989, the Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild has sponsored events to raise funds to assist charities in Dawson and Pickens counties. On May 20-21, 2016, this Legacy of Caring continues. For additional information, please visit our website,

Mardi Gras in the Mountains coming February 14

The 2015 Mardi Gras in the Mountains, “A Gala Charity Event Celebrating Life” will be held on Saturday night February 14th at Chattahoochee Tech from 6:30-10 pm. Banks and Shane will be entertaining the revelers. All proceeds will better enable sponsoring organizations to help those less fortunate in their own communities.

The presenting sponsors are Georgia Mountain Hospice, The Ellijay and Jasper Councils of the Knights of Columbus and the Rotary Club of Jasper. The highlight of the evening will be the crowning of “The Mardi Gras in the Mountains” King and Queen.

King and Queen nominees come from Pickens, Gilmer, Dawson and Cherokee Counties. The 2015 royal court will be the ones with the most monetary votes. Visit <a href=’’ target=’_blank’></a> to review the list and place your monetary bid for your favorite King and Queen.

The Pickens County nominees for 2015 King and Queen of “Mardi Gras in the Mountains” are Jack Short and Margy Lohman. Last year, the Pickens County nominees became King Mike King and Queen Angie Jones.

There are several levels of sponsorship beginning as a gift in kind donation for a silent auction and raffle to $2,500 as a Royal Supporter with numerous benefits. Tables of ten may be purchased for $650 through January 1 or individual tickets for $70.

Contact Gina Pendley 706-253-4100 or 800-692-7199 for sponsorship, tables or tickets and help better care for people in our communities. All presenting organizations are 501 (c) (3) non-profits.

Amy Leake purchases a raffle ticket to support Pickens County’s nominees Mike King and Angie Jones who were crowned King and Queen of Mardi Gras in the Mountains. Raffles and fund raisers for votes will be in order for the 2015 Pickens nominees of Jack Short and Margy Lohman.