Jack, Dan, John and Roger were planning a serious road trip. Multiple states. Cross-country, even. Then they thought, with all this effort going into the road trip, why not have it benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation?
The Name: Rollin’ 4 Cancer
The Mission: One limo, 2 weeks, 4 guys, 6 states, 12 cities, 5000 miles to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
The Journey: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana.
The Destination: The Super Bowl!
But wait, they don’t have tickets. Why would four guys drive across the country to the city where the Super Bowl is being hosted and not actually go to the Super Bowl? Because with their decked-out limo and charismatic demeanors, that was the best place to raise funds and awareness - in front of an audience of thousands.
Along the way, they’ve gained the attention of the press, spoken on radio shows, and even started a Facebook page to chronicle their journey.
We first joined forces with Convoy of Hope last May, with our first event appropriately occurring in our home city of Dallas, Texas. Since then, we have joined Convoy of Hope for outreaches in eight other cities across the country to bring breast health services to underserved women in local communities. Through each of these outreaches, we were amazed by the volunteers who served so passionately, touched by the stories of the women we were serving, and empowered by the need that was so apparent for the services we were providing.
One of the guests that stopped by our tent, Sherylynn, had been putting off getting a mammogram because she was scared to go to the doctor’s office. She pre-qualified for a free mammogram through our partner breast health facility that day.
Through these outreaches, we offered free educational materials, signed women up to receive early detection text reminders, showed women how to do breast self-exams, pre-qualified women for free mammograms through our partner breast health facilities and, in some locations, provided free mammograms through our facility partners’ mammovans.
“I’m a single mom and needed to get groceries. I didn’t realize the NBCF tent was going to be here. I just signed up to receive qualification for a mammogram. This will help me so much. I am overwhelmed by how much is here, not just for my kids but also for me!”
- Crystal, Convoy of Hope guest
Here’s a look at our 2012 Convoy of Hope outreaches by the numbers:
5,157 guests served
442 pre-qualified for free mammograms through our partner breast health facilities
42 screening mammograms on-site
3,475 signed up for the NBCF early detection plan to receive text reminders
3,313 received training on how to do a breast self exam
18,010 educational materials distributed
Thank you for helping us serve these women in partnership with Convoy of Hope this year! We are looking forward to our next outreach in 2013!
Diana was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and found out that she would be undergoing chemotherapy and her hair would fall out. Not one to wait for her hair to fall out, Diana took control and held a Head-Shaving Party to shave her head and raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. And for each every $200 raised, one of Diana’s friends or family would shave their heads in her honor.
At the end of the night, there were a lot of bald heads!
Christine is like many busy moms with a hundred things on her to-do list. She has two small children to take care of, errands to run and dinner to cook. So when she turned 40 and her doctor told her it was time for her routine mammogram, she put it off because of her busy schedule, figuring she’d get around to it eventually.
A year later, Christine noticed a lump in her breast. She had no insurance and thought maybe she could save up enough money to get a mamogram later. Her friend urged her to go to St. Vincent’s Medical Center and talk to them about her options.
"The first thing they told me at St. Vincent’s was that the mammogram would be taken care of. I had no excuse to put it off. Within a half an hour, I had an appointment."
Through a grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, St. Vincent’s was able to provide Christine the mammogram she needed. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.
“I will never forget the feeling I got when I heard the news that my sister had been diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a helpless feeling and one that I wouldn’t wish upon anybody. My younger sister Rebecca and I have grown up having the best big sister anybody could ask for. Hollis is the nicest and most loving person that I know. I couldn’t think of anything I could do for my sister to fix this situation we have been forced to deal with so I decided to commit to running a race in Hollis’ name.”
- Rawson Livezy
Inspired by Hollis, Rawson and Rebecca, friends and family joined the fundraiser, even creating bracelets with “Holliboo Is My Hero” and “For K-Peasey” in honor of Hollis.
And Rawson won’t be running alone. The Run for Hollis team will have over 65 runners in the October 2012 Atlanta half-marathon.