Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

June 17, 2013

Cancer fundraiser to be Saturday

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

Carrie Stambaugh
The Independent

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