THANK YOU to the 2023 honoree Molly White, our generous sponsors, donors, participants, event partners, and volunteers, because of YOU we raised over $213,000 for cancer services and programs provided by Southeast Health. When combined with the generosity of prior year participants and sponsors, total contributions to Champions of Hope have reached an amazing 1.6 million dollars.

You don’t want to miss next year’s event so mark your calendars today and join us back at The Plant in Historic Downtown Dothan!

5K & 10K RACE RESULTS can be viewed at Results – Champions of Hope 2023 — Race Roster — Registration, Marketing, Fundraising

For questions or more information, please contact the Southeast Health Foundation at (334)673-4150 or [email protected].

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or would like more information about Champions of Hope 2024, please contact the Southeast Health Foundation at [email protected] or call 334-673-4150.

Meet our 2023 Champions of Hope Honoree

Join us on Friday, October 18th for the 3rd annual Celebration of Light where we will honor and celebrate our cancer survivors and remember those that we have lost to cancer. You’ll be able to dedicate a luminaria in honor or memory of a cancer survivor or a loved one you’ve lost to cancer. Online luminaria orders will be available starting July 2024.

Thank you to our 2023 Event Sponsors


Plaza Sponsor

Champion Sponsor

Marketing & Print Sponsor

Registration Sponsor

Finisher Medal Sponsor

Race Bib Sponsor

Award’s Ceremony Sponsor

Kid Zone Sponsor

Survivor Tent Sponsor

Paws Fur Hope Hydration Station

Flag Garden Sponsor

Celebration of Light Sponsor

Hydration Sponsor



Luminaria Sponsor

Entertainement Sponsor

Pot Luck (Food Truck) Sponsor

(Florida Region)

Molly’s Mile Sponsor

5K Sponsor

10K Sponsor(s)

Beer Garden Sponsor

Wings of Hope Sponsor

Potluck Sponsor

Staff and Volunteer Shirt Sponsor

Marketing and Print Sponsor

VIP Sponsor

Hospitality Tent

Finish Line Sponsor

Mile Marker Sponsor

Mile Marker Sponsor

Mile Marker Sponsor

Mile Marker Sponsor

Mile Marker Sponsor

Hope Sponsors

Chick-Fil-A East Dothan

ID. Associates

Jarrod Adkison, MD
SE Radiation Oncology

Anesthesia Consultants Medical Group, P.C.

Avadian Credit Union

Cobb & Boyd


Enterprise State Community College
in honor of Matt Rodgers

Thompson Gas

Viva Medicare

Troy Bank & Trust

Advanced Dental Care

Southeastern Urology, Daniel A. Deighton M.D.

Eye Surgical Associates

PNC Bank

Radiology Associates of Dothan

Aventa Specialized Women’s Care

Coleman World Group

Friends from Opp, AL

Hewes Construction, LLC

ServisFirst Bank

The Blount Family

All In Credit Union

Stage Sponsor

The White Family

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
2021 Honoree – Sam Crawford
2022 Honorees – Emily Roberts & Robert Horne
2023 Honoree – Molly White

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.