Cancer Coalition of South Georgia


BAIN, Inc received a grant trhough the Cancer Coaliton of South Georgia to provide Services for Individuals within BAIN's 11 County service areas. These include Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole and Thomas.

Our Mission

Our mission is to prevent cancer and increase survival among the people of South Georgia. We can accomplish this through community-based research, outreach, screening and education- all done with compassion and in collaboration with others who are concerned about cancer.

What services are available under the Cancer Coalition of Southwest GA

  • Medications to manage cancer related symptoms
  • Cancer related protheses
  • Physician recommended or prescribed nutritional support
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Transportation and childcare as needed for medical related visits
  • Treatment location lodging

How Do I Qualify?

  • Diagnosis of cancer. Verifying documentation that one has received or is currently receiving treatment.

For more information contact: BAIN, Inc. at 316 W Shotwell Street Bainbridge, GA 39817

Phone: 229-246-0150  Fax: 229-246-1715 Toll free: 888-830-1530


BAIN Celebrates Historic ADA Legislation

The 23rd Anniversary Celebration of the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) will be held on July 27, 2013, at the Bainbridge Middle School cafeteria, featured a luncheon and ai???simulation sensitivityai??? activities for individuals to participate in and enjoy. For individuals who would like participate in the ADA March, please meet at 8:15 am, in the Winn Dixie Parking lot located at 915 E Shotwell Street Bainbridge, GA.

The ADA, signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990, has enriched the lives of thousands of people across the United States, through architectural barrier removal, increased accessibility to public transportation, and practices for people with disabilities.

There will speakers sharing their stories on Saturday about how the assistance of Bainbridge Advocacy Independent Network (BAIN) Center for Independent Living, sponsors of the ADA anniversary celebration, have made their lives better.


Scenes from Last Year's event

Participants held up signs as they marched to the ADA Celebration


Bainbridge HS ROTC leads the ADA march



BAIN Staff & Board Members




Limbo Contest


Hoola Hoop Contest


Wheelchair Obstacle Course



Randolph County Senior Citizen Center Gentle Exercise For All Session 

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Cottonwood Pointe Gentle Exercise Session

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Article on BAIN's Executive Director in The Post Searchlight

by Joe Crine

I had the opportunity to cover a very special Saturday event under the direction of a very special lady and dear friend.

Iai??i??m talking about Bainbridge Advocacy Individual Network (BAIN)ai??i??s celebration of the 22nd anniversary of the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), directed by Virginia Close Harris, founder and executive director of BAIN.

BAIN's Executive Director Virginia C. Harris

Virginia comes from a very athletic family. She and two other dear friends, former Bainbridge High School Lady Cats head softball coach LeAnn Harrell-Inlow and former Bainbridge High School Lady Cats head basketball coach Babs Coyle, were strong basketball players on coach Bobby Trawickai??i??s Lady Cats basketball teams during their Bainbridge High School years.

Virginia came down with multiple sclerosis her junior year in 1980 and now uses a wheel chair.

Her brothers, Calvin and Marcus Close, were outstanding athletes as well. Calvin was the starting fullback on coach Ralph Jonesai??i??s 1982 State Class AAA champion Bainbridge High School Bearcats football team. Marcus was an outstanding Bearcats running back and also excelled for coach Larry Clarkai??i??s Bearcats track team.

Following her illness, Virginia had a vision to start an organization to help the disabled. That vision became a reality in 1995 when she founded BAIN, which promotes independence and improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities in southwest Georgia.

In 2009, Virginia won the prestigious Natalie Norwood Tumlin Georgia Self Advocate of the Year Award.

The late Natalie Tumlin, for whom Virginiaai??i??s prestigious award is named, and 100 of her fellow advocates, gathered at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta to kick off the ai???Unlock the Waiting Listai??? campaign, a powerful coalition of disability organizations that focus on legislation and public policy that impacts vital community based services for people with disabilities.

When Tumlin passed away in 2005, her parents Beth and Bill Tumlin established the Georgia Self Advocate of the Year Award in loving memory of her to recognize the contributions of individuals with disabilities ai??i?? like Virginia ai??i?? who do an outstanding job of advocating for the disabled.

People like Virginia and my dear friend Billy Simmons Jr., who has cerebral palsy and was the featured speaker at her 19th annual ADA anniversary celebration in 2009, are an inspiration to me.

They donai??i??t let their disability bother them one bit. They enjoy life to the fullest and are always there to lend words of encouragement to others who might be struggling.


Disability Day 2012


Four BAIN staff members and the BAIN Board President braved the rain and wind to attend the 14th Annual Disability Day held at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on Thursday, February 16, 2012.

The day emphasized the statewide need for community-based services and vital supports for people with developmental disabilities.

“My Life is FOR REAL!” was the theme for this year's rally in which 2,500 people attended.

Speakers included: Governor Nathan Deal, Mark Perriello, head of AAPD, the nation's largest disability membership organization and Reverend Dr. Gerald L. Durley, Senior Pastor, Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta and recognized civil rights leader, who honored Fallen Soldiers. After the rally, BAIN employees and the Board President met with Senator John Bullock to stress the importance of funding for people with disabilities in the Southwest Georgia area.

The state of Georgia is a focal point for disability rights. One in five Georgians and about 54 million Americans have some type of disability as an occurrence of birth, injury or longevity.

The annual rally promotes access, opportunity and meaningful community living for Georgians with disabilities and their families. For more information on disabilities, please visit the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities,

Shown above from left to right: BAIN employees Hubert Thomas, Linnie Tyler, Kerri Martin, Senator John Bullock, BAIN Board President Stancil Tootle and BAIN employee Shaye Roland.

Over 2,000 people rallied at the Capitol in Atlanta, GA to speak their minds about the rights of the disabled…and tried to stay dry doing it!

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal spoke to the crowd that included people with disabilities and advocates for the disabled community.



BAIN Staff Participates in Helen Keller Training


In September, Helen Keller Representative Barbara Chandler held a training for all BAIN, Inc. staff.  BAIN staff learned about the impact of hearing & vision loss, the types, causes and the greatest needs and barriers for the visually and hearing impaired. BAIN staff learned the American Sign Language Alphabet and practiced communicating with each other as well as two consumers who participated.  Staff also learned about the newest technology and independent living devices as well as resources for the visually and hearing impaired.

For more information, please visit the Helen Keller website at


Ms. Chandler teaches BAIN staff on how to effectively communicate with the visually & hearing impaired


Executive Director Virginia Harris and Peer Supporter Kent Bush use devices to understand what it is like to have a hearing loss



Peer Supporter Kent Bush learns how to lead “visually impaired” Peer Supporter Walter Abbott



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