The Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) Foundation held its annual Sandi McCool Champions of Hope event on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the campus of the new Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.
More than 1,500 participants, 65 teams, 100 volunteers and more than 61 sponsors joined us for the event which included 5K and 10K competitive runs, a Spirit Walk, 25-, 45-, and 100-mile cycling ride and the new Kohl’s Kid Fit Challenge. The event’s honorary chairperson and breast cancer survivor, Melinda McClendon kicked off the event with her words of encouragement and appreciation, and through her leadership this year’s event raised $127,832 and counting.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event stays in the Wiregrass area to support the expansion of cancer services and programs offered by SAMC including the Southeast Regional Screening Program. We would like to extend special appreciation to this year’s Pink Diamond Sponsors: Dr. Alan McCool & Family (in memory of Sandi Thurman McCool); Anesthesia Consultants Medical Group; and Wells-Fargo bank.
Special team and individual awards were presented during the event. Special recognition goes to the following participants: Team Raising the Most Money: Real Rebels Wear Pink; Team with the Most Participants: Sandi’s Breast Friends/Thalian Mardi Gras Society/Wiregrass Crossfit; Individual Raising the Most Money: Melissa Whitehurst; and, Best T-Shirt Design: Operation Save Second Base. Competitive run participants may view official race results at www.racesmith.com.
The event was officially renamed in 2012 to recognize the memory of the first chairperson whose vision brought the event to life, Sandi Thurman McCool. Since its inaugural year in 2008 The Sandi McCool Champions of Hope event has raised $607,832.
For more information about how The Sandi McCool Champions of Hope event, its participants, sponsors and volunteers are helping to win the battle against breast cancer please call the SAMC Foundation at (334) 673-4150 or visit www.samc.foundation.org.