Parr garners support for cause at water authority

By Johnny Jackson


Some 250 employees at the Henry County Water and Sewerage Authority (HCWSA) are rallying behind one of their own.

This Friday, the water authority plans to host a one-day-only charity yard sale in support of employee Cynthia Parr's annual walk for breast cancer research.

"Every department here decided to focus on one type of fund-raiser," said Susan England, HCWSA administrative assistant and yard sale co-coordinator.

Parr is attempting to raise $2,200 in order to walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure in Atlanta Oct. 24-26. She has been a participant since 2005. She walks in honor of her mother, Christine Smith, who is a seven-year, breast cancer survivor.

Parr has been training for about a year and has lost a healthy 34 pounds, through circuit training and diet.

"I think I'm ready for it," said Parr, 44. "I'm inspired to participate in the breast cancer 3-Day Walk because of my mother's experience with this formidable disease. Her relentless fight against the re-occurrence of the disease motivates me to contribute in any way possible to the fight for the cure."

Her first year in the walk, she raised $2,700. She hopes to exceed that mark this year.

"I'm doing it for my mom, but I'm doing it really for all of the women," she said. "I'm doing it for a cure, so that one day, my daughter (Maya, 9) doesn't have to go through the same thing. It's an awful, terrible disease. I know how I felt when my mother told me she had this disease. [And] hopefully, my efforts will encourage others to become active in this pursuit as well."

In addition to training and exercising to help stave off the disease, Parr commits to have a yearly mammogram. She also tries to do self-examinations on a regular basis.

"Breast Cancer is such a prevalent issue these days," England added. "We have a lot of employees that are really strong supporters of this cause, so we wanted to try to do what we could to support it, and find a treatment."

The yard sale will be from 8 a.m., until 2 p.m., on Friday at 1695 Ga. Highway 20 West in McDonough.

"All of our employees brought donations from home," England said. "Logistically, it's been a lot of work. We've been collecting now for six weeks. It's going to be a fast-and-furious sale."

The public is invited to the charity yard sale, which will feature donated items - such as electronics, small appliances, kitchen and household decorations, craft supplies, seasonal décor, gifts, sporting goods, linens, collectibles, children's toys, and small tools, among other things.