It is the diagnosis no one wants to hear. You have cancer. Though those three words may be scary, there is a local nonprofit group connecting patients with a fighting chance at living their lives for many years to come.
“The Cancer Challenge has been probably the largest part of support services for cancer care in Northwest Arkansas,” Hope Cancer Resources Vice President of Development Gay Prescott explained.
For 25 years the Cancer Challenge has worked to make sure those facing one of life’s most difficult obstacles has access to the services they need locally.
“That’s what makes us unique, is that we can say 100 percent of your investment to the Cancer Challenge stays here to help our friends and families and neighbors who are battling cancer,” Cancer Challenge Interim Executive Director Teresa Burke pointed out.
Cancer Challenge Interim Executive Director Teresa Burke said her staff works hard to make a difference in our community. And as Hope Cancer Resources Vice President of Development Gay Prescott will tell you, that hard work started with the very first grant that helped the Save a Life program more than two decades ago.
“It was designed to help people in Northwest Arkansas, who are uninsured or under insured to be sure that they had access to care,” Prescott shared.
Burke pointed out the Cancer Challenge provides a spark of hope for those battling the unexpected illness that can take a heavy emotional and financial toll.
“There are insurance gaps, there are uninsured needs,” Burke offered. “And we try to pick up and meet some of those gaps that are created through a long, long term battle with cancer.”
Hope Cancer Resources is just one of the many organizations the Cancer Challenge supports through its fundraising efforts with various sporting events. While the events themselves are focused on fun, the end product is ultimately about saving lives.
“Cancer doesn’t impact just one person, it affects everybody in the home,” Prescott explained. “And we want to make sure that we help everybody in the home.”
The Cancer Challege reminds you that you don’t have to go through the battle alone. Click here to learn more about how they support the mission to fight cancer, as well as how to donate.