The 2020 Champions of Hope, presented by the family of Susan Fischer, is going virtual this year! Your safety is our top priority and this virtual experience will ensure your health is protected while you participate through walking, running and fundraising to bring awareness about the importance of early detection and intervention.

You are invited to register for a 5-K, 10-K, half marathon competitive race or 1-mile Spirit Walk. Whether you walk or run, all proceeds will support cancer programs and services provided by Southeast Health. Join us Friday, October 16 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. for our Facebook Live Kick-Off and t-shirt pick up.

Raising more than one million dollars since its inaugural event in 2008, proceeds from Champions of Hope help expand cancer services and programs offered by Southeast Health. Some of the services and programs funded include Cancer Navigation Services, 3D mammography, customized information reference binders for newly diagnosed patients, and post-mastectomy comfort kits.

Each year a cancer survivor is selected as the honorary chair of Champions of Hope. The 2020 Champions of Hope Honorees are Christi Peterson & Al Stefin.

Our post Champions of Hope Facebook Live Celebration event will be Saturday, October 31 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Participants are invited to pick up their medals during the event. There will be special awards, prizes and give-a-ways.

Downloadable event resources and tool kits

Race Bib – When you registered you were assigned a number, write this number on your bib and wear while you complete your miles.

Spirit Walk Tool Kit – Includes start line, halfway sign, and finisher certificate

Spirit Walk Finish Line Sign – Finish line marker.

5K Tool Kit – Includes start line and finish line, mile marker signs for 1 and 2 miles, and finisher certificate.
10K Tool Kit – Includes start line and finish line, mile marker signs for 1,2,3,4,5 miles, and finisher certificate
Half Marathon Tool Kit – Includes start line and finish line, mile marker signs for 2,4,6,8,10,12 miles, and finisher certificate.

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

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 will continue to expand on Sandi’s vision as it evolves its commitment to all in our community impacted by a cancer diagnosis. The event will return to its original name, Champions of Hope and will also recognize 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

5K Course Sponsor – Parker Hudson

Half Marathon Course Sponsor – Women’s Medical Center

Race Bib Sponsor – Viva Health

Spirit Walk Finish Line Sponsor – Adams Beverage

Flag Garden Sponsor – The Ralph Smith Family

Survivor Activity Sponsor – The Thirsty Pig

Refreshment Sponsor – Dunbarton

Award Sponsor – McCord Contact Flooring

Hope Sponsors
Anesthesia Consultants Medical Group
Financial Asset Management Systems, Inc.
Oncology Supply
Radiology Associates
Jarrod Adkison, MD – Southeast Health Radiation Oncology

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Champions of Hope Playlist