LIVESTRONG Leaders are individuals that make a yearly significant commitment to those in their community affected by cancer by spreading the message of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. They do this by fundraising, hosting events, bringing LIVESTRONG Foundation resources to their local hospitals and more. One of our incredible leaders, CJ Walsh, talks about his team “I Hate Cancer” and his dedication to spreading the LIVESTRONG Foundation message to others.
LIVESTRONG creates hope by providing free, practical resources to cancer patients and their families. Cancer is scary, and LIVESTRONG programs help families manage and navigate their journeys through this terrible disease.
Why are you involved with the LIVESTRONG Foundation?
The Walsh Brothers started Team I Hate Cancer to honor friends and family members we lost to cancer. We’ve grown our involvement because of the incredible people we continue to meet and the significant impact created by the dollars we raise. We’ve directed dozens of families to LIVESTRONG’s Cancer Navigation Services to help alleviate stress and uncertainty in tough times. In Philadelphia, we often say, “I got a guy for that.” When it comes to cancer, LIVESTRONG is our go-to guy when a member of our community is affected by cancer.
What are you doing in your community?
Team I Hate Cancer raises money for LIVESTRONG every summer through its network of young professionals and rigorous schedule of social events in Philadelphia. Every third Saturday in May, we host almost 100 friends at our Radnor Hunt Tailgate benefiting LIVESTRONG and raise nearly $10,000. Each of our $100+ donors receives our exclusive Team I Hate Cancer shirt in gratitude of their generosity and to signal their membership on the team.
In addition to fun(d)raising, we regularly connect families affected by cancer with LIVESTRONG’s free services, especially the patient navigators who help families to understand that they are not alone. As thirtysomethings, we also promote LIVESTRONG’s fertility services and resources designed for young adults with cancer. Recently, we were fortunate to be introduced to Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA’s CEO, John Flynn, and Director of Healthy Living, Aimee Smith. We shared with Aimee the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, which offers free, small group fitness classes to local cancer survivors. Aimee and her team applied for and received a Community Impact Award to bring the program to the Philadelphia area, resulting in an immediate impact on the lives of local survivors. We couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity to serve the cancer community simply because “we’ve got a guy for that” in LIVESTRONG!