Thanks to Adairsville Mayor Pro Tem Buddy Bagley's "generosity and commitment to Cancer Navigators," the nonprofit continues to receive needed awareness and funds.
In its ninth year, his July 14 motorcycle ride in north Bartow drew about 30 bikers and generated $10,200 for the Rome-based organization that assists cancer patients in northwest Georgia.
"It's getting harder and harder to get people to do these things," Bagley said. "I was very pleased with it. I was very pleased with the way the folks [came] out and helped, and they donated money.
"… It was just amazing how people [came] out and helped us. I love to have the community's support. It means a whole lot to me. It really does."
As in past years, proceeds from the event benefited Cancer Navigators, which provided key support to Bagley and his late wife, Darlene, who passed away from ovarian and breast cancer in 2013.
"[The funds go] to help people that's got cancer," Bagley said. "It all stays right here in and around Bartow County — Floyd County, Gordon County, right here in this area. It goes to help with their food, their gas — whatever they need. It goes to help them.
"When we found out that [my wife] had ovarian and breast cancer, a lady there that was giving my wife chemo told us that we needed to check with Cancer Navigators, and they would help us. And they really did. They came along, and they helped us through the whole thing. We didn't need housing [and] we didn't need a lot of money or nothing like that, but they navigated us through the whole thing. They helped my wife. They [were] there for her every step of the way."
Expressing her gratitude to Bagley for his annual benefit, Sarah Husser — fundraising and outreach coordinator for Cancer Navigators — shared the public's support is key to the nonprofit's outreach efforts.
"We were very pleased with the motorcycle ride’s turnout and greatly appreciate the over $10,000 raised for Cancer Navigators," Husser said. "Funds will be used to provide gas money to cancer patients for transportation to treatments, assist patients with nutrition and provide counseling services.
"We continue to be overwhelmed by Buddy Bagley’s generosity and commitment to Cancer Navigators. All donations we receive directly support patients and allow us to guide those affected by cancer toward a better understanding of diagnosis and care and connect them with needed resources. Cancer Navigators served over 1,700 patients in 2017. The more donations, grants and funds raised through events, the more patients we can serve and services we can offer. It is because of supporters, like Buddy, that Cancer Navigators has been in operation for 12 years."
In honor of his continued support, Bagley also will be highlighted during an upcoming Cancer Navigator gathering.
"We are excited to be recognizing Buddy Bagley and 17 more honorees at our inaugural Tailgating for Cancer event on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 6 p.m. [to] 10 p.m. at The Farm in Rome," Husser said. "Tickets include dinner, beer and wine, and music and are available at www.cancernavigatorsga.org or by calling 706-295-4119. Guests are invited to show their school spirit by wearing their favorite college team attire."