Annual July 4 run nets thousands for Tuality cancer patients
Tuality Community Hospital's annual 5k run for cancer awareness and treatment raised $70,000 this year, which will go to help needy patients undergoing cancer treatment, the hospital announced this week.
The July 4 fun run, known locally as the C.A.T. run, drew about 800 participants, according to Tuality spokesman Steven Needham, slightly less than last year. Funds from the run go to help Tuality cancer patients with travel expenses and other barriers to receiving treatment. The Cancer Care Fund helps pay for those costs, offering gas cards, taxi vouchers and lodging for patients in need.
"OHSU Tuality Healthcare has seen an increasing number of patients coming from coastal and rural communities to receive chemotherapy and radiation," Needham said. "With treatments lasting an average of five weeks, for some, the added cost and stress of travel can be a burden, preventing patients from successfully completing their care."
Proceeds from the run also go toward equipment in Tuality's cancer centers.
"We are proud of the leading-edge cancer treatment services OHSU Tuality Healthcare provides to our community," said Maria McCandless, Tuality Healthcare Foundation Manager. "And we are so grateful to all of the participants, volunteers, and sponsors for their help in raising funds to support cancer patients we are honored to care for."?