BREWER – An annual fundraiser for the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute is going virtual.
“Folks get to be unique. They get to show their personality,” said Brenda Farnham, manager of nursing services at the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute. “They get to do something different, and share it with their friends.”
The Champion the Cure Challenge normally takes place on the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute’s campus, but this year, people are participating virtually.
“Some folks are staying with the traditional hiking mountains, bicycling, swimming. Some folks are finishing painting artwork. Some folks are resurrecting an old wood shed,” Farnham said. “I myself, I’m building a new flower bed.”
“My team and our family are going to be going on a hike,” said Taylor Smith, cancer genetics coordinator at the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute. “We’re going to be hiking great pond mountain.”
Participants have raised about $220,000 for the cancer institute so far this year, with a goal of $250,000
“In 2017, my mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer as a never-smoker,” Smith said. “She was able to receive all of her care and treatment here at the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute.”
Since the first event in 2010, Champion the Cure has raised more than $5 million.
“It’s been really great for us to try to do as much as we can to raise money for this cause and to make sure that other patients are able to receive the care that they need here locally,” Smith said.
“Our cancer patients can’t do this alone. We at the cancer center can’t do this alone,” Farnham said. “This is a community effort.”