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We are pleased to announce that Champions of Hope Presented by the Family of Susan Fischer, promoting cancer awareness, will be an in-person event on October 16 at an exciting new venue. Champions is taking historic downtown Dothan by storm with revamped 5K, 10K and Spirit Walk routes that start and end at The Plant. The Plant is located on North Saint Andrews Street in the former Coca-Cola Bottling Company building.

The event doesn’t end when you cross the finish line, it’s just beginning. A post-race tailgate celebration will include food, fun and college football live on the big screen. This year for the first time ever, Champions after dark will feature a Hope Rocks Concert at The Plant.

We mean serious business with the move downtown as we introduce Shop for Hope, giving you the chance to support local downtown merchants and Champions.

Due to your generosity, we have been able to fund:

  • Cancer Navigation Services
  • 3D Mammography
  • PET/CT Scanner
  • Transportation Services
  • Customized information reference binders for newly diagnosed patients
  • Post-mastectomy comfort kits

Join us for a day full of community fun as we continue to raise funds for cancer services in the Wiregrass!

Champions of Hope is taking historic downtown Dothan by storm! Join us October 16, 2021 for Champions inaugural Hope Rocks concert featuring Glory Days and Los Locos! Proceeds from Hope Rocks will help support cancer services in the Wiregrass.

Tickets can be purchased at EventBrite

What is Shop for Hope?

The Southeast Health Foundation will partner with downtown Dothan retailers to raise awareness and funds in support of cancer programs and services provided by Southeast Health. Funds raised will allow Southeast Health to continue to provide cancer treatment and services right here, in the Wiregrass.

Partnering retailers will have special in store offers for Shop for Hope participants beginning Saturday, October 16 – Friday, October 22.

On October 1st community members can purchase their Shop for Hope canvas tote from the Southeast Health Foundation for $5.00. Shop for Hope tote bags will also be available for purchase at Champions of Hope on Saturday, October 16th.

Visit participating downtown Dothan retailers during the campaign with your tote and enjoy special discounts and give-a-ways.

Our 2020 Champions of Hope Honorees: Christi Peterson & Al Stefin

Past Event Chairs & Honorees
2008 Chair – Sandi Thurman McCool
2009 Chair – Kelli Cundith Beaty
2010 Chair – Kelli Hall
2011 Chair – Franzi Bondy
2013 Chair – Melinda McClendon
2014 Chair – Sandy Brooks
2015 Chair – Patty Harris
2016 Chair – Valerie Harris
2017 Chair – Janet Jones
2018 Honorees – Pat & Roddy Cook
2019-2020 Honorees – Christi Peterson & Al Stefin

It Was Once A Dream

The History of Champions of Hope

In Spring 2008, while visiting with close friends, Sandi McCool – a nurse, wife, and friend fighting breast cancer – shared her dream of one day participating in a local event that would honor and encourage breast cancer survivors. That dream became a reality on October 25, 2008, when more than 500 participants gathered on the campus of the Southeast Alabama Medical Center (Southeast Health Medical Center) to embrace the fighting spirit of those who have battled or are battling breast cancer.

On November 23, 2011, Sandi lost her seven-year battle with breast cancer. Sandi will always remain the inspiration and driving force behind Champions of Hope. In 2012, as a tribute to her legacy, the event was named The Sandi McCool Champions of Hope. Since its inaugural year (2008) Sandi’s vision continues to grow and to date Champions of Hope has raised more than one million dollars in support of breast cancer awareness, early detection and intervention services.

In 2018, as a further tribute to Sandi’s legacy, the Southeast Health Foundation Board of Trustees expanded the scope of cancer services that the event funds would support. On October 20, 2018, the Wiregrass community rallied to support the first Champions of Hope to celebrate all cancer survivors and previvors affected in the region.

Champions of Hope 2020 continued to expand on Sandi’s vision as it evolves its commitment to all in our community impacted by a cancer diagnosis. The event returned to its original name, Champions of Hope and also recognized our first Sandi Thurman McCool Champion of Spirit award recipient. Each year this award will recognize our largest individual fundraiser, someone that is committed to Sandi’s passion that cancer care needs a community and is easier at home.

Thank you to our event sponsors

Presenting Sponsor – The Family of Susan Fischer

Finish Line Sponsor – Adams Beverage

Race Bib Sponsor – Extendicare

Mile Marker Sponsor – Personnel Resources

War Eagle (Main Stage) Sponsor – McCord Contract Flooring

Led Zeppelin (Beverage and Bar) Sponsor – Barberitos

The Doors (Door) Sponsor – Dunbarton Corporation

Hope Sponsors
Dothan Smiles
Chick-fil-A
Financial Asset Management Systems, Inc.