Yoga fundraiser supports cancer patient

Yoga fundraiser supports cancer patient

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Yoga project is extending their support to a young girl outside of our area who is battling a form or pediatric cancer.

Folks who participated in Sunday’s fundraiser said they feel good knowing their efforts can reach people all over the country.

Sunday’s Pop-Up Yoga class at Pretoria Fields wasn’t just another yoga session.

“Its for Tommie. She’s a 4-year-old in the Pittsburgh area. She was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma which is a very aggressive pediatric cancer and she has to undergo 18 months of chemotherapy,” said Ann Cheek, the Yoga Volunteer with Albany Yoga Project.

Ann Cheek. (Source: WALB)
Ann Cheek. (Source: WALB)

While watching her yoga students, Cheek said this was a way for their local project to support someone outside of the area.

“Our executive director is from Albany originally, but she moved to Pittsburgh and was living there for about 20 years. She knows Tommie’s family very well and she wanted to do something for them in this difficult time,” she said.

Cheeks said she was pleased to see people in her class donating, like Lauren Gouett.

“I come to their pop-ups kind of frequently. I enjoy them so I think it’s also an easy way to give back and say thank you for the opportunity,” said Gouett.

Gouett said she is more than willing to help out this cause and other fundraisers put on by the Yoga Project.

“I always try to think of what I would feel if I was in that situation. If I was a family member and what would you know touch me or be important to me,” said Gouett.

Cheek said the support made her proud.

Lauren Gouett. (Source: WALB)
Lauren Gouett. (Source: WALB)

“We had a lot actually. It was really great to see people who didn’t even know who Tommie is just to come and help them out during this time because it is difficult,” said Cheek.

We are told the funds collected with help Tommie's family when Tommie starts her 18-month-treatment plan.

If you would like to make a donation, you can go to the Albany Yoga Project’s Facebook Page.

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