The Sandi McCool Champions of Hope is a 5-K, 10-K and half marathon competitive race, 1-mile Spirit Walk and Kids Zone community cancer awareness event presented annually by the Southeast Health Foundation. Each year sponsors, runners, walkers, and survivors, along with their families and friends gather to raise money and awareness about the importance of early detection and intervention.
Raising more than one million dollars since its inaugural event in 2008, proceeds from Champions of Hope help expand cancer services and programs offered by Southeast Health. Some of the services and programs funded include Cancer Navigation Services, 3D mammography, customized information reference binders for newly diagnosed patients, and post-mastectomy comfort kits.
Each year a cancer survivor is selected as the honorary chair of the Sandi McCool Champions of Hope. Previous chairwomen include Sandi McCool (inaugural chair and event inspiration), Kelli Cundith, Kelli Hall and Franzie Bond.