Community Rallies to Support Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors and Patients
2016-09-29 · By Editor
Hundreds of people dressed in pink and teal gathered at Granada Beach on Saturday, Sept. 24 to participate in the 17th Annual Team Spirit Long Beach Breast & Ovarian Cancer 5K. The Long Beach community rallied to support current breast and ovarian cancer survivors and patients; and in remembrance of those who have lost their battle.
This year, more than 700 participants raised $150,000 net (as of Sept. 23) for breast and ovarian cancer support programs at the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute (TCI) at Long Beach Memorial. Support programs, such as Women Guiding Women: Cancer Support & Education and other support groups, to help guide people throughout their cancer journey are all funded by Team Spirit Long Beach.
“Team Spirit Long Beach is instrumental in sustaining valuable psychosocial cancer support programs at the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute. When someone has cancer it’s important to take care of the ‘whole person,’” says Mariusz Wirga, M.D., medical director, psychosocial oncology, MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute, Long Beach Memorial. “Thanks to the support of our community, and their dedication to the cause, we are able to provide cancer support programs to all cancer patients and their families, regardless of their ability to pay.”
Team Spirit Long Beach was founded in 2000 as a small grass roots organization on the belief that more can be done to help fight and raise awareness of breast and ovarian cancer in the community. Team Spirit Long Beach brings friends and families together to raise money for breast and ovarian cancer support programs and leading treatment options.
Fundraising remains open through the end of October. To make a donation, visit MemorialCare.org/TeamSpirit.