How are the funds from the Race Against Cancer used?
The Race Against Cancer allows Thompson Cancer Survival Center to deliver cancer awareness programs and early detection and prevention strategies to the medically-underserved or underinsured individuals across East Tennessee. Funding from the Race Against Cancer helps us provide innovated outreach programs to fight against cancer:
- Over a thousand community members have been provided with no cost screening mammograms through the Thompson Cares for Breast Health (TCBH) program.
- Community funding have supported The Hands of Hope program (a program for breast cancer survivors that are facing financial difficulties) transportation, groceries, and assistance with treatment needs.
- In 2016, Thompson’s Cancer Outreach Services partnered with the Health Department and the University of Tennessee Student Health Services to raise awareness about cervical cancer and other cancers caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The inaugural educational event enabled students the opportunity to receive HPV vaccinations.
- Sun safety and skin cancer prevention programs were presented to over 4000 community members at Boys and Girls Clubs, Dollywood’s Splash Country, and the City of Pigeon Forge.
The Race Against Cancer provides much needed funding through participation and fundraising, and corporate and individual sponsorships.