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Residents getting 'flocked' for breast-cancer research

Candace Hoover awoke this week to find a welcome surprise outside her home on Judy Drive, in McDonough. The 36-year-old stay-at-home mom looked out her window, and saw a sea of 100 decorative, pink flamingos lined up across her front lawn.

In a word, Hoover had been "flocked," Monday morning, as part of a fund-raiser for breast-cancer research.

"I think it's such a cute idea," she said. "I have three boys, and they've enjoyed seeing the flamingos. My mother-in-law even called this afternoon. She had heard about it, and she doesn't even live on our street.

"She lives across town, and has a friend who had ridden by," Hoover continued. "Word spread fast about this flock of flamingos."

Hoover correctly suspected the flamingo flocking was conducted some of her fellow members at McDonough First United Methodist Church — Angela Beattie and Allison Jolley.

"We're ready to pass it on to somebody else, see who we can flock, and see if we can't surprise a friend," said Hoover.

The "flocking" activity involves installing the flamingos in the yard of an acquaintance, according to Beattie. It can be done anonymously, or a letter can be delivered to the recipient.

The flock is typically removed the day after it is installed. To complete the experience, donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen cancer walk, visiting www.flockforlife.com.

"The flock moves every day, and sometimes they are a few days behind," the web site states. "Expect your victim to be flocked within 3, to 7 days."

Beattie, also a stay-at-home mom, has been involved with the fund-raiser for about a month, in preparation for the Susan G. Komen Atlanta 3-Day Walk for the Cure. She said her team of seven individuals, has been working in recent weeks to raise money for the walk.

"I wanted to participate in something bigger than myself, and this is a way to do that," said Beattie.

She suggested her team should go outside their typical audience, with the flocking concept, as a way to bring more attention to the fight against breast cancer.

"We're required to raise at least $2,300 each, and we thought this was a good way to get the community involved," said Beattie. "We all have our circles of friends, but after a while you need more than just your friends to help you raise money. I was searching online for something out of the ordinary, something that we didn't do last year, and I came across a web site for flocking."

"We're going to be doing this until we have all the money that our team needs," she continued. "We've already raised $1,000."

Hoover's mother, Judy Hulse, said the topic of breast cancer is one which means a lot to her personally. She was glad her daughter's home was selected for the flocking fund-raiser.

"It's for a great cause," said Hulse, 58. "It gives me a great deal of pride, because my mother passed away, of breast cancer, in 1979, and she was 45 years old. So this is very special to me."

Upon retrieving the flamingos from Hoover's yard, Beattie said, 50 of the birds were set to be installed, this week, at a home on Yellow Pine Drive, and another 50 birds on Ashlyn Ridge, both locations in McDonough.

For more information, call Angela Beattie at (678) 432-9669, or Allison Jolley at (678) 516-8390.