BELLA VISTA, Ark. (KNWA) — Cancer can affect anyone at any age, and support can make all the difference.
Since 1993, one local non-profit has invested over $11 million in the Northwest Arkansas community for direct cancer patient services.
An upcoming event is hoping to contribute even more.
“Every dollar you give, the very large majority of that goes directly to somebody that’s going to be affected by cancer,” says Ty Hoffine, Race Director for The Cancer Challenge.
More than 16,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the Natural State in 2019. That’s according to the American Cancer Society.
“I know that my hardwork and all the volunteers that go into this, and all the sponsors and people that participate — knowing that money actually stays locally, it’s not going to some national headquarters and paying a bunch of overheard. It stays here and it really helps,” Hoffine said.
Hoffine has been part of this organization for 16 years. The impact this non-profit makes on our community is the reason he’s proud to be behind it.
“This year we decided to move it back to Bella Vista where it originated 26 years ago, and we’re not going to start it at Blowing Springs, we’re going to start it at Cooper Elementary,” Hoffine said.
In June, the 5K, 10K, and one mile walk will have a more runner-friendly course, thanks to a venue change.
“There’s going to be a lot more shade in the month of June. We know it can get warm and all the runners are going to appreciate the extra shade.”
But if you’re not able to participate in event, you can still help out.
“None of this goes off without a great group of volunteers. Volunteers are the key to any successful organization,” Hoffine said.
And if you’re wondering how you are making a difference, the money is invested right back in Northwest Arkansas for prevention, treatment, and rebuilding of local lives after cancer.
Hoffine adds, “we encourage everyone to come. You don’t have to be a marathon runner, you don’t have to run 5K’s, 10K’s competitively. We do have the one mile walk if all you want to do is get up, come out, walk for a mile.”
Mark your calendar for The Cancer Challenge 5K and 10K run, and one mile walk. It’s on June 22 at Cooper Elementary in Bella Vista. Fees include: T-shirt, hat, and bag.
The Cancer Challenge is also hosting an adult and junior tennis tournament on June 20 and 21, at the Kingsdale Tennis Complex in Bella Vista.
A youth trap shoot tournament will be held on June 20 at Highlands Gun Range in Bella Vista.
To register for all of these events, click HERE.