joining the fight against cancer

At Gerald & Joan, there are many causes that are dear to our hearts. Unfortunately, one that has touched us repeatedly is cancer. In honor of my family members we lost to cancer much too soon, we recently made a donation to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

This specific Relay for Life will take place in Grand Prairie, Texas. A Habitat friend of mine organized a team there in honor of her husband who has been bravely batting cancer for several years. They are a great couple who gave selflessly of their time and resources as Habitat volunteers when they lived in Memphis, and it's an honor to be a part of their Relay for Life team. We look forward to a time when cancer no longer exists in the world. In our opinion, that day can't come soon enough.

If you would like to join us in the fight against cancer, you can make a donation here. You can also purchase a luminaria bag for $5 that can be given in honor or in memory of someone you love.

Our luminaria bags will be lit in memory of:

Joan Fay Stroup Portillo-Shaffer, 1933-2003


William Andrew Cannon, 1920-2001


Russell E. Shaffer, 1923-1997


Isidro N. Portillo, 1933-1984


Betty Jane Stroup Snodgrass, 1921-1980