About Us

"Anyone fighting cancer needs a friend"

Friends Fighting Cancer is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to families of cancer patients who have unmet needs.  With money raised throughout the year, Friends Fighting Cancer can offer financial assistance to residents in the Harnett County health care community with these needs.  Friends Fighting Cancer can assist patients with such things as medication assistance, mortgage or rent, utility payments and transportation needs.  Referrals for services are from local churches, business people, hospitals, cancer centers and other places as well.Originally, Friends Fighting Cancer was formed in the early 2000's.  However, in 2014 several members of this group worked through the process necessary to form a not for profit corporation with 501(c) (3) tax status called Friends Fighting Cancer, which was established to continue the important work with the same spirit of services as the forerunner organization Friends Fighting Cancer has a board of directors staffed with twenty-four Harnett County residents.  All financial decisions are made by the board, who meets monthly.


                All money used by Friends Fighting Cancer is raised by either donations, including those made in memory or honor of someone special, or fund-raisers.  Friends Fighting Cancer has two major fund-raisers each year, on in the spring and one in the fall.  The annual spring fund-raiser is known as Simply Southern Soiree.  During this spring event, money is raised through corporate sponsorships, donations and participation in the event.  Guests attending the Simply Southern Soiree are treated to dinner, as well as both silent and live auctions.  The work of Friends Fighting Cancer continues in the fall as well, with another fund-raiser called Laps for Life, which is in memory of Fonnie Godwin, the founder of the event.  It is a time for locals to come out and walk for the charity.

                Financial donations are always welcome as well as volunteer help for the fundraising events.

                In addition to meeting financial needs, Friends Fighting Cancer also provides high school students who have or had a family member affected by cancer with college scholarships.  Each scholarship given can be used at any college, whether state run or private.  All applications submitted for scholarships are reviewed by a committee dedicated to that task, who then forwards their recommendations to the Friends Fighting Cancer board for the final decisions. There are many stories about people who worked hard to build lives, homes and save money, only to have it all wiped out swiftly when faced with treatment costs associated with the cancer. Many times, people facing this issue are left with feelings of despair and confusion, not knowing where to turn for help or even if there is help available.  F or Harnett County residents in this difficult situation, because of Friends Fighting Cancer, there is some good news.