Champions of Hope has raised more than $300,000 since its inaugural year in 2008 and proceeds have helped expand cancer services and programs offered by the Medical Center, including the Southeast Regional Health Screening Program, a community outreach initiative. The screening program utilizes a 45-foot mobile medical vehicle equipped with a digital mammography suite, lab and an education area to provide access to life-saving screening tests throughout a multi-county region. It is the only one of its kind in the state.
The Sandi McCool - Champions of Hope 2012 promises to be a fun-filled day that will appeal to the entire family. The event includes a 5K run, the 2-mile Spirit Walk, 25- and 45-mile cycling routes and the new Kid Fit Challenge. Activities 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.
Early registration fee is $25 for ages 11 and older and $15 for ages 6-10; there is no charge for participants under age 6. Day of event registration is $40 for ages 11 and older and $15 for ages 6-10.
We invite you to 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, vendor and participant information, please contact the SAMC Foundation office at 334-673-4150 or visit . Register early and don't miss this morning of family fun for a great cause.
Champions of Hope is named for our very first champion in 2008. Sandi McCool served as the first year spokesperson and was instrumental in starting the annual event. Sandi lost her battle with breast cancer in 2011.