QUINCY -- The Community Cancer Crush organization continues its efforts to provide support for individuals and families dealing with the disease.
Tickets for the fundraising group's sixth annual benefit banquet -- April 19 at the Ambiance, 5225 Koch's Lane -- are now on sale and will help Cancer Crush volunteers' efforts to assist with house and/or car payments, medicinal needs, transportation, utilities, lodging and more.
Tickets also are available for a chance to win the organization's annual "House of Hope," a home appraised at $160,000.
"All funds are raised locally and used locally," said Luke Tappe, one of the Cancer Crush organizers.
During its first five years, the Community Cancer Crush has raised $302,000.
Tickets for the 6 p.m. to midnight banquet are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
Tickets for a chance to win the home located at 425 S. 18th are $100. This is the third year the organization has given away a "House of Hope."
The house has been provided through the support of Town and Country Bank and is available for viewing 1-3 p.m. each Sunday leading up to the banquet. Tickets also will be available at those times.
Other major prizes to be given away at the banquet include $10,000, $5,000 and a trip across America to New York City and San Francisco.
Tickets also are available at both Hy-Vee locations in Quincy, Davis and Frese Realty, Quincy Medical Group, Blessing Foundation and CancerCrush.org.
Along with the grand-prize drawings and a meal, tickets include entertainment by the Madd Hoss Jackson band and silent and live auctions.
"About 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer, which is a scary thought," said Jenny Sousa, the events and community relations coordinator at Quincy Medical Group. "Organizations like the Community Cancer Crush make a huge impact."
The most common types of cancer death continue to be lung, prostate and colorectal cancers in men and lung, breast and colorectal cancers in women.
The American Cancer Society reports 1,762,450 new cancer cases and 606,880 deaths from the disease are expected to occur in the United States this year.
The good news finds the U.S. death rate from cancer has declined steadily over the past 25 years. The cancer death rate for men and women combined has fallen 27 percent from its peak in 1991.
Additional information on Community Cancer Crush can be found on the organization's Facebook page.