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10:47 PM, Mar 29, 2013   |    comments
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Deborah Tallent talks about how Hope For Today has helped her, as she battles cancer.

A Blount County group that provides financial help to people battling cancer is now in a struggle of its own.

The non-profit, Hope For Today Cancer Support Group, Inc is only seeing half the money in donations it saw this time last year.

The financial strain is forcing the organization to cut back.

Director Frances Williamson said by this time last year, the group had raised at least $12,000. This year, they have less than $5,000.

"I know times are hard for a lot of people and that's why we're short. We can give out as much as $8,000 to $10,000 a month but if we don't have it, we're not going to be able to do that," Williamson said.

Hope For Today provides financial relief to cancer survivors, including help with bills, food, and rent.

"Right now we aren't paying any rent. We have done that but we don't have the money now to do that," Williamson explained.

The non-profit has helped Deborah Tallent of Maryville pay her rent.

Tallent has been battling cancer for five years and survives week to week with the help of chemotherapy.

"It's very very difficult. The stress level that I live under is so high that I'm afraid it is affecting my ability to heal from the cancer. I feel like I should be able to totally focus on cancer," Tallent said.

The other day, Tallent and her husband did not have enough money to eat.

"They got us some food and I was able to get some fruit and things that I needed. I was very grateful for that," she said.

Hope For Today will hold its annual fundraiser on April 13.

It will take place at Fairview United Methodist Church in Maryville from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Beans, cornbread, hot dogs and chili will be served at the fundraiser. There will be live entertainment and door prizes.

100% of the money stays in Blount County.

For more information go to: www.hopefortoday.us.

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