Local charity hits $1M milestone

Posted September 15, 2010 1:44 p.m. EDT
Updated September 15, 2010 3:01 p.m. EDT

— The Caring Community Foundation is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and another milestone raising more than $1 million to help cancer patients.

The foundation reached the milestone over the weekend with its Pay-It-Forward fundraising event at the Renaissance Hotel in Raleigh.

The all-volunteer organization helps cancer patients in financial need in the Triangle.

Jill and Eric Wolford of Cary started the foundation 10 years ago with a backyard barbecue. Jill Wolford was a young mother of two when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Family, friends and even strangers pitched in to help her.

After seeing the financial struggles cancer patients go through just to pay for basic needs, the Wolfords decided to help a cancer patient with his or her bills. That first backyard barbecue raised $724 for the patient in need.

Since then, the Caring Community Foundation has helped more than 1,000 patients pay their mortgages, electric bills, transportation costs and medicines not covered by insurance.