While we’ve all endured a difficult year, those struggling with a
cancer diagnosis and compromised health have had an even heavier burden
during the pandemic. Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital and the
Daly Hospital Foundation want to honor those cancer warriors with their annual
Colors of Cancer fundraising campaign during the month of October. This year, funds raised will not only support
charity care for breast health, but will support the hospital’s
future construction of a new cancer and infusion center to benefit all
Director of Philanthropy Stacie Duce said the timeline for the groundbreaking will rely even more on donations
due to the impacts of
COVID-19 on the hospital’s operations and the whole healthcare system.
“We were very excited about this campaign this spring after the
hospital board approved the project and our fundraising efforts, but it all has been
put on hold,” she said. “We are still excited, but now feel
the heavier responsibility that if we want to do this for the community,
we will have to dig deep, reach out and have this be a serious investment
by the community.”
She said the hospital is ready to proceed when the funding is available
and that’s it’s part of a whole next phase of renovations
to match the capabilities of an amazing staff.
“This campaign will be a great way to rebound [from
COVID impacts],” Duce said. “We are going to push through, move
forward and make this dream a reality. The preparations are in place.”
Colors of Cancer grassroots efforts, this year will have fewer in-person events and no
large gatherings due to
Color Teams are encouraged to offer virtual opportunities, in-store promotions, or
donate items to the online auction, which will launch at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18.
The hospital will host an outdoors
kick-off event on Thursday, October 1 in the MDMH east parking lot. Food trucks will be onsite (including Big
Sky Grub, MineShaft and Zaxan Coffee) as the cafeteria will be closed
for lunch for annual maintenance and employees are encouraged to order
lunch outside. A portion of each meal purchased will go toward the
Colors of Cancer campaign. Pre-orders are also available for employees to reduce lines
and gathering. The community is welcome to attend and pick up lunch for
a good cause.
The second event this week is the
third annual 5K run on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Canyons Athletic Club.
Colors teams form, wear designated colors to signify a particular cancer, and hopefully
color-themed masks, for which there are prizes.
the 5K is a heartfelt event.