Dunn goes pink celebration

New event in honor of cancer victim

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The Friends Fighting Cancer organization will hold a Laps for Life celebration Friday to help raise funds for the organization, but there’s no walking involved.

The Fonnie Godwin Laps for Life event will be held Friday from 6 to 11 p.m. at The Cellar located at 108 N. Wilson Ave. in Dunn. At previous events supporters walked laps, but there is a change this year.

Local DJ Butch Halpin will provide music for the event. The xQuisto food truck will offer Mexican and Japanese food. Proceeds from a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle will help local cancer patients.

Everyone who attends is asked to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.

According to Nancy Wright, a Friends Fighting Cancer board member, those who wear pink will be given a free raffle ticket.

Ms. Wright said the event was designed to remember Mrs. Godwin, a former teacher at Dunn Middle School who died of breast cancer.

“We decided we wanted to do something different to remember Fonnie,” Ms. Wright said. “We are going to see how it goes and hopefully we can do something bigger next year.”

Friends Fighting Cancer was formed in the early 2000s as a group of concerned citizens committed to supporting cancer research, cancer patients and patients’ friends and families.

The group’s work benefited area residents, and as the needs of the community grew, the need for additional resources and support did as well.

The organization became a nonprofit corporation with tax exempt status in 2014.

It holds events throughout the year to raise money for its programs.

For more information about this event, contact Ms. Wright at 910-890-1516 or Courtney Phillips at 919-922-9057.

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