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Fundraisers aid ailing public safety workers
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Forsyth County News

How to help
• Businesses interested in participating in Humble Heroes fundraisers may contact Patrick Apoian at
• Donations for Norman “Woody” Woodward and Mark Aycock may be sent to Humble Heroes, P.O. Box 170259, Atlanta, GA  31117.  
• Donations for Woodward may also be made to the Woody Woodward Transplant Fund, P.O. Box 3351, Cumming, GA  30028.

Fundraising activities continue for two former Forsyth County public safety employees stricken with life-threatening illnesses.

Three local restaurants have agreed to donate 15 percent of proceeds Friday and Saturday to a fund to help Norman “Woody” Woodward and Mark Aycock.

Woodward, a former Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy, is hospitalized while he awaits a heart transplant.

Aycock, once a Forsyth County firefighter, is battling stage 4 colon cancer. The disease has spread to his liver and lungs.

The men are receiving help through the work of Humble Heroes, an organization designed to provide support to emergency responders in the metro Atlanta area after they have been injured or fallen seriously ill.

Patrick Apoian, an Atlanta police officer and founder of the organization, said that county policy doesn’t allow public safety employees to keep their jobs if they haven’t returned to work after a certain period of time.

As a result, Aycock and Woodward, who are both husbands and fathers, must pay medical bills out of their own pockets.

“The financial burden, that’s something that they think about and have to deal with every day in addition to being ill,” Apoian said.

Jersey Boyz Pizza and Los Maguey, both on Bethelview Road, and Quizno’s Subs on Peachtree Parkway are participating in this week’s events.

“It’s huge that the community they served is now supporting them,” Apoian said. “Not just for them, but for their families, too.”

Apoian is hoping to add at least three more restaurants to this week’s list and would like for more venues, such as movie theaters and bowling alleys, to participate in future fundraisers.

In addition, a 5K run/walk has been scheduled for Saturday to help Woodward and his family.

Registration for the event begins at 8:45 a.m. at Lakeside Middle School.

For more information or to register online go to