Dothan, Ala.— Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation has re-named Champions of Hope after Sandi McCool, the inspiration behind the charitable organization’s annual breast cancer awareness and early detection event. The new name, The Sandi McCool Champions of Hope debuts with this year’s October 20 event.
“Sandi was a true champion – determined, compassionate, visionary — and when she lost her seven-year battle with breast cancer November 23, 2011, a few short weeks after Champions IV, we vowed to continue the fight for her and others waging war against breast cancer,” said Valerie Barnes, Foundation executive director.
“It is an honor and most fitting tribute to name this event after Sandi because she was the driving force behind Champions of Hope. It’s her legacy,” Barnes added.
The Champions of Hope legacy began in the spring of 2008 when Sandi first shared her dream of uniting the regional community around a single cause – breast cancer. First shared with a group of friends, then with the SAMC Foundation, the dream became a reality in October 2008 when 478 participants gathered on the lawn of the SAMC Women’s Center to celebrate life, offer hope and raise $23,770.
In sharing her dream, Sandi helped shape an event that expands breast cancer awareness and early detection initiatives, and supports the advancement of treatment options and the availability of information about the disease.
Champions of Hope IV attracted some 2,200 supporters and raised $115,000. Since the inaugural year, more than $300,000 has been raised with proceeds helping to enhance cancer services and programs offered by Southeast Alabama Medical Center. Since 2008, proceeds from the event have been used to purchase stereotactic breast biopsy equipment, underwrite a comprehensive resource manual for every newly diagnosed patient, provide breast cancer post-mastectomy patients with a comfort bag, and deliver ongoing annual support for the Southeast Regional Screening Program.
“Today as the SAMC Foundation event moves into its fifth year – The Sandi McCool Champions of Hope will continue to honor those touched by breast cancer and to remember the spirit of those who have lost their battle,” Barnes said, noting, “Sandi will be with us every step of the way.”
The Sandi McCool – Champions of Hope breast health event will be held Saturday, October 20th on the campus of Southeast Alabama Medical Center at 1922 Fairview Avenue, Dothan, AL.
This year’s event promises to be a fun-filled day that will appeal to the entire family. In addition to a 5K run, there will be a 2-mile Spirit Walk, 25- & 45-mile cycling routes and the new Kid Fit Challenge. The days’ activities will also include live radio broadcasts, food, drinks, and an opportunity to visit Champions Plaza where area merchants and exclusive Champions of Hope merchandise will be available.
The early registration fee is $25 for ages 11 and older, and $10 for ages 10 and under. Day of event registration is $40 for ages 11 and older, and $15 for ages 10 and under.
Become a champion of hope. Team participation is encouraged and there will be special recognition for the largest team, the team raising the most money and the team with the best t-shirt design. New this year is the team spirit award.
For sponsorship, booth vendor and/or participant information, please contact the SAMC Foundation office at 334-673-4150 or to register click here. On-line registration starts August 1st. Register early and do not miss this morning of family fun for a great cause!
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