How are the funds from the Race Against Cancer used?
Money from the Race Against Cancer allows Thompson Cancer Survival Center to deliver much-needed cancer screenings and education to thousands of medically-underserved individuals in East Tennessee through its Cancer Outreach program.
Money from the race is collected by individuals and teams through participation and fundraising, and raised through grants, as well as corporate and individual sponsorships. This year's goal is $475,000.
In 2015, Thompson's Cancer Outreach Services accessible and affordable mammography to almost 500 women and coordinated "Pink Ribbon Sunday" to promote breast health in area churches reaching over 3,000 individuals.
Sun safety and skin cancer prevention education was promoted at Dollywood's Splash Country's annual Water Safety Day, in area Boys and Girls Clubs, and at the Youth Greenway Series races with Knoxville Track Club. Together these educational efforts reached over 3,000 youth and their families.
Additionally, Thompson's outreach staff worked with the Knox County Health Department to create public service announcements, media interviews and educational materials for the HPV vaccination initiative to reduce the incidence of HPV-related cancers.