A record-breaking donation to benefit cancer patients

Gwen Miller, (left) treasurer of the Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop, and Kathy Coffey, president of the thrift shop, present LifeCare Alliance’s President & CEO Chuck Gehring (center) with a donation to support the agency’s Columbus Cancer Center. This represents a record-breaking year for the thrift shop that has been donating its annual proceeds since 2005.

Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop recently presented a record-breaking check to LifeCare Alliance’s Columbus Cancer Clinic. This was the largest donation they have ever made in their more than 50-year history.

Founded in 1970, Grove City Cancer Thrift shop’s mission is to provide funds for organizations that benefit those affected by cancer and support the fight against the disease.

When customers shop at Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop, their money helps hundreds of people to access cancer screenings, prosthetics, wigs, hygienic and personal care supplies, and more through LifeCare Alliance.

Since their founding in 1970, the thrift shop has donated more than $1.7 million in support of those with cancer. Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop is one of three independent all-volunteer donation-and-consignment stores that support LifeCare Alliance Cancer Clinic, along with Worthington Thrift Shop and Reynoldsburg Cancer Thrift Shop.

“These three thrift stores are a great help,” said Chuck Gehring, president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance. “Together, they provide approximately 17 percent of the annual budget for our clinic. We wouldn’t be able to do all we do without all three of them.”

The Columbus Cancer Clinic was founded in 1921, as the country’s first free cancer screening and detection facility. It offers low-cost or free cancer screenings, mammograms, and education about cancer prevention and early detection. The clinic also offers cancer support services including interpretation services, hygiene and personal care supplies, transportation, and linkages to critical health resources. In 2022, the clinic performed nearly 5,000 mammograms, diagnostics, biopsies, and cancer screenings.

For the past 125 years, LifeCare Alliance has met the changing medical and nutritional needs of the community. We are a nationally recognized nonprofit human services organization that is there for people facing challenges that stem from medical conditions, disabilities, or aging in place.

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