The Monroe County Cancer Supporters announced this week that the group assisted its 300th person recently, bring total contributions to help cancer patients to $378,100.

The Monroe County Cancer Supporters announced this week that the group assisted its 300th person recently, bring total contributions to help cancer patients to $378,100.

The organization started in 2009 when friends Joanne Bonney and Melinda James were contacted by a similar organization in Shelby County. A woman from Monroe County needed support for cancer treatments but the Shelby County organization only supported residents in its county.

She and James attended a meeting of the Shelby County organization. The pair set out to make something happen. The something was simple: raise money to provide direct financial support to Monroe County residents struggling with cancer. That something became the Monroe County Cancer Supporters, which was quickly embraced by the community. The pair started to tell the story of their vision all over the county – clubs, churches, service organizations and individua

The organization holds an annual survivors lunch in advance of the Monroe County Cancer Relay and receives support from individuals and groups.

As an organization, it is among the top performing nonprofits, based on standards supported by Guidestar and other nonprofit watchdog organizations. According to the group’s latest Form 990F filing, nearly 95 percent of all money collected is provided directly to cancer patients. Anything above 80 percent is considered very good; above 90 percent is outstanding.