Corry’s Cancer Society to close local office

 

The Corry Chapter of the American Cancer Society is going to close its doors.

However, volunteers and events such as Relay for Life and Daffodil Days will continue.

The building at East Main and Center streets, however, will close at the end of business on Friday, Oct. 29.

Karen Silvis, volunteer leadership council president, said expenses of operating the building coupled with an economy that is slow to recover is making it difficult for the local chapter.

“We are paying about $400 a month in rent and utilities,” Silvis said.

Silvis said the monies will be targeted toward their intended use.

“The money we raised through Relay for Life and Daffodil Days is earmarked for patient services, it’s earmarked for education and it’s earmarked for research,” said Silvis, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, Corry Unit, for 10 to 12 years. “That’s where it should go, not maintaining an office not being used by the people needing those services.”

Silvis said rather than use the local office, people sometime call the Cancer Society’s toll-free 800 number because they don’t want people to see them enter the building due to possible rumors.

Silvis also said giving to the Cancer Society is down on a national level.

“Last year, our giving was down 8 percent nationwide,” Silvis said.

In Corry, volunteers did reach the monetary goal for the annual Relay for Life fundraiser.

Silvis said the Cancer Society volunteers will still be available in Corry.

“We’re not leaving the community,” she said. “We’re still going to be here.”

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