14th Annual Team Spirit Breast & Ovarian Cancer Event Raises More Than $222,000
2013-10-09 · By Editor
Thousands of people adorned in pink and teal gathered together on Saturday, Oct. 5 to participate in the 14th Annual Team Spirit Breast & Ovarian Cancer 5K/10K Walk/Run, in support of survivors and in remembrance of those who have lost their battle to breast and ovarian cancer.
Participants raised more than $222,000 through sponsorships, individual and team fundraising pages in support of psychosocial cancer support programs at the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute (TCI) at Long Beach Memorial, such as Women Guiding Women: Cancer Support and Education Program, support groups, social workers and a nurse navigator. All proceeds raised help fund psychosocial programs that are instrumental in providing the best possible care to women who are newly diagnosed with cancer, as well as cancer survivors.
This year’s event kicked off with a warm welcome from motivational speaker, Adrienne Slaughter, who served as the Master of Ceremonies for the walk. At age 14, Slaughter met her first battle with cancer when they discovered a malignant bone tumor in her knee which spread quickly, resulting in the amputation of her leg. Adrienne was told she would never be able to play tennis again, but she proved them wrong as she started playing on her first day home. Years later, in May of 2009 Adrienne was again diagnosed with cancer, but this time it was breast cancer. Adrienne had a double mastectomy and now is once again, cancer free. Adrienne shared her passion for helping by motivating Team Spirit participants to overcome their obstacles and exceed expectations.
“What a wonderful event to celebrate survivors and honor the memory of loved ones in the community,” says Cindy Gotz, co-manager, Women Guiding Women: Cancer Support & Education Program, MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute, Long Beach Memorial. “The proceeds from this event are crucial in supporting our psychosocial programs at Long Beach Memorial. We are thankful for all of the hard work and fundraising that went into making the event so special.”
Team Spirit is a Memorial Medical Center Foundation event that offers survivors, family and friends an opportunity to come together and be happy during a time that can be devastating. Cancer affects everyone whether directly or indirectly and people need more than medicine to heal. At Long Beach Memorial, the psychosocial cancer support programs offers women an open format to share their cancer journey’s, learn ways to reduce stress, guide each other through their hospital stays and ultimately become a supportive network of people that can fully relate to their experience.
In 1961, the Memorial Medical Center Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) so that individuals, corporations and foundations could ensure excellent health care close to home. Since its inception, grateful patients and philanthropic friends have continued to step up and give tomorrows for men, women and children in our region.
Fundraising remains open throughout Oct. If you wish to donate to Team Spirit, visit TeamSpiritOnline.org. If you would like to set up a fundraising page, contact the Memorial Medical Center Foundation at (562) 933-1955.