Meet March “Do the Right Thing” Winner: Pam Reed
MURRAY COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) — It’s safe to say almost everyone has been impacted by cancer in some way.
It could be through a family member, an acquaintance, or a friend.
And for that reason, Pam Reed says she’s had enough.
The Murray County resident goes above and beyond, raising money for the American Cancer Society to try to put an end to this deadly disease.
That’s why Reed is this month’s Do the Right Thing winner.
She says she started volunteering for Relay for Life in 2007, after her aunt was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma.
“The goal is to cure cancer,” Reed said. “That is the ultimate goal, and everyone that’s involved with Relay for Life either has had, or has known someone, or has lost someone, and after four or five years of, every time I turned around, someone I loved had died of cancer, I was over it, and I said, ‘ You know, there’s got to be something to do. I want my children to grow up in a world without cancer.'”
Seven years later, Pam helped start her own team for Relay – the Chicken Creek Cancer Crushers.
“What you see in her is the same every day,” said Reed’s pastor, Danny Cochran, Holly Creek Baptist Church. “She’s smiling, she’s helpful, she’s positive. She’s a real asset to our church and to our community.”
To help raise money, the group started Pamper Your Princess, where young girls get pampered for a day.
“The girls love it,” Reed said. “A lot of the little girls, you know, this may be the closest they get to Walt Disney World, and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.”
They get their hair, nails and makeup done, then pose for pictures dressed up as princesses, with Disney princesses.
The thousands of dollars raised from Pamper Your Princess goes back to Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.
Reed says the money goes a long way, not just for cancer research.
“They also help people who are living with cancer with transportation to and from treatment, new treatments that are coming out that aren’t so harsh, wigs, nutrition, counseling, places to stay if they’re having to go out of town for treatments. There’s a lot that they do,” Reed said.
The Chicken Creek Cancer Crushers even raised $25,000 just last year for Murray County Relay for Life’s 25th anniversary.
Reed says having a passion for fighting cancer makes raising so much money possible.
“Nothing fuels passion like love,” Reed said. “And if you love somebody, and you’ve lost them to cancer, that’s all the passion and inspiration you need.”