The Sandi McCool Champions of Hope is a 5 & 10-K competitive race, 1-mile Spirit Walk and Kid Fit Challenge community breast cancer awareness event staged annually by the Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation. Each year sponsors, runners, walkers, survivors and their families and friends gather to raise money and awareness about the importances of early detection and intervention.
Raising more than $735,000 since its inaugural year in 2008, proceeds from Champions of Hope help expand cancer services and programs offered by the Medical Center, including the Southeast Regional Screening Program, the Breast Cancer Navigator program and the “Your Breast Cancer Treatment” handbooks for newly diagnosed patients.
Each year a breast cancer survivor is selected as the honorary chair of the Sandi McCool Champions of Hope event. Previous chairwomen include Sandi McCool (inaugural chair and event inspiration), Kelli Cundith, Kelli Hall, Franzie Bondy, Melinda McClendon and most recently Sandi Brooks.