Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

June 17, 2013

Cancer fundraiser to be Saturday

Proceeds from fourth annual CAN Funk Railroad event to benefit Cancer Action Network

ASHLAND — A pair of Ashland doctors and cancer activists will host their fourth annual cancer fundraiser here Saturday.

 Doctors Bill and Candy Boykin are hosting the CAN Funk Railroad event at the historic Ashland Transportation Center. CAN stands for the Cancer Action Network, the 501c-4, advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society.  

Tickets are $250 per couple, $125 per person or $1,000 for a table for eight. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will feature barbecue, entertainment from City Heat and a silent auction. It is casual and may spill over on to the center’s outdoor deck.

Proceeds will benefit the CAN network, which advocates for “legislation and reform to reduce the cancer burden,” said Dr. Bill Boykin. CAN supports maintaining funding for cancer research, lobbies for smoke-free laws and “a whole array of other things,” he said.

Boykin is a member of the local American Cancer Society Board of Directors and the Mid-South American Cancer Society board member. For the last four years he’s hosted a fundraiser to benefit the organization.

It’s grown every year, outgrowing his back yard first and then last year’s location at the Mayo Mansion.

“I want to keep the community involved in doing all that we can to help cancer patients and the cause of cancer patients,” he said. “Come out and have a good time. It will be very fun.

“Everybody has friends or family members that are affected by cancer. There isn’t anyone who isn’t touched by a cancer in some form or fashion,” he explained. His own family has been affected by cancer numerous times.

“We have family members that have died from cancer, family members that have had breast and colon cancer,” said Boykin.

Representatives from the ACS will be at the event to provide information and answer questions. Individuals can use the opportunity to find out how they can join the fight, Boykin added.

“The death rate has decreased since 1990, we are making an impact but we have a long way to go,” said the doctor. “If we can get to the point where no one loses any birthdays due to cancer than we have done our job.”

Tickets to the event can be purchased at acscan.og/boykincanfunk. Or call the Ashland location of the ACS at (606) 325-8251.

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at (606) 326-2653 or by email at cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Families invited for Fun in the Park

     Free cotton candy, hot dogs and entertainment for an entire day is what Bridges Christian Church in Russell is offering local families during Fun in the Park this weekend.
     

    August 1, 2014

  • AEP reports stolen copper, fence damage

     All that glitters is not gold — sometimes, it's also copper.
     

    August 1, 2014

  • Probe of Fairview begins

    Four investigators from the state Office of Education Accountability spent much of Thursday interviewing school officials in a probe of alleged school law violations in the Fairview Independent School District.

    July 31, 2014

  • Grant helps Elliott County High School with $1.7 million geothermal renovation

    Elliott County School District Superintendent Dr. Carl Potter II remembers the night a few years ago when the lights went out in the middle of an Elliott County boys basketball game and interrupted it for some 20 minutes while the lights powered up.

    July 31, 2014

  • Heroin overdose deaths continue to rise

    The Kentucky state legislature passed a sweeping overhaul to its prescription drug law in the summer of 2012 after a flood of overdose deaths, making it significantly harder for people to access dangerous addictive drugs from doctors.

    July 31, 2014

  • Morehead man faces drug charges

    A Morehead man is facing multiple drug charges after taking possession of a suspicious package mailed to his home on Dillon Lane, according to the Kentucky State Police.

    July 31, 2014

  • Highlands’ Artists Market to begin today

    Up-and-coming artists are being offered a rare chance to show and sell their work during the First Friday art walk.

    July 31, 2014

  • Dogonline.jpg 'Educate and entertain'

    A local theater group is shooting for changing the area’s theater scene.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07/31/2014 — What's Happening

    Local news

    July 31, 2014

  • News in brief, 07/31/14

    About 450 marijuana plants were confiscated during an eradication effort in Lawrence County on Tuesday.

    July 30, 2014