Lowell General Hospital’s TeamWalk for CancerCare returned in grand fashion on Sunday, May 22, as more than 2,500 walkers descended on the streets of downtown Lowell to support cancer patients across the Merrimack Valley.
After two years of walking on their own time, walkers this year raised $654,222, all of which goes directly to grants for cancer patients in their time of need.
“At Lowell General, our mission is to put patients first in everything we do, and that’s what TeamWalk is all about – doing everything we can to support patients going through this difficult time,” said Lowell General President & CEO Jody White. “This community is incredibly lucky to have access to the amazing care our Cancer Center provides, and thanks to everyone who walked, TeamWalk will provide that extra layer of support.”
Since it started in 2000, Lowell General Hospital's TeamWalk has raised more than $14.5 million and helped more than 36,000 patients. Every dollar raised goes to help patients at the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital and throughout the Merrimack Valley with the things insurance doesn’t cover – an overdue bill, a prescription co-pay, a wig, transportation to and from treatment, or integrative therapies to aid recovery.
This year’s TeamWalk Chairman was once again Carrie Meikle of Chelmsford, a breast cancer survivor who received care at Lowell General Hospital’s Cancer Center.
“A cancer diagnosis turns the world upside down for the patient and their family,” Meikle said. “Thanks to the commitment of this community, TeamWalk provides support so patients can focus on battling this disease.”
Elite Sponsors for this year’s event are Enterprise Bank, Commonwealth Radiology and Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union.
Fundraising efforts for TeamWalk continue through Oct. 1, 2022 with special events, including a raffle for a brand new Harley Davidson for which only 500 tickets are being sold.