Valley View Hospital Foundation will host the second annual Rally the Valley, a community-wide fundraising event on Saturday, Sept. 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Sayre Park, 1798 Grand Avenue. Funds raised provide resources and services to support patients at the Calaway•Young Cancer Center and survivorship and emergency assistance. The event also marks the first anniversary of the Calaway•Young Cancer Center.
Last year’s event, despite inclement weather, raised more than $300,000 for the Rally Fund, which funded 489 integrative sessions from Oct. 2012 through March 2013, plus 150 emergency assistance cards. From August 2012, the Calaway•Young Cancer Center realized growth beyond original projections. Because radiation and chemotherapy treatments are now available locally, several hundred local patients have been treated here with the blessing of remaining close to family and friends during treatment and not having to travel hundreds of miles daily for treatment.
There are several ways to rally: 24.5-mile bike ride, a four-mile walk through downtown Glenwood Springs or a fun kids parade. At lunchtime, all participants will come together for the Rally Party in Sayre Park. The party features fabulous healthy food by The Pullman, Crystal River Meats and the Valley View Café and Pan and Fork catering, a beer garden, live music and a kids’ zone with bouncy houses and more. Booths on cancer prevention and health will be both educational and inspirational. Admission to the party is included with event registration or participants can register just for the party.
“Rally the Valley is a way to connect our community to support our friends, neighbors and loved ones going through cancer treatment. The event was a great success on so many levels last year,” said Stacey Gavrell, executive director of the Valley View Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital. “Rally the Valley helps fund the patient’s journey through their treatment and into survivorship. At the Calaway•Young Cancer Center at Valley View, we treat the whole person, not just the disease. Our community’s generous support helps to make all these services possible.”
How will YOU Rally?
There are multiple ways to Rally: registering as an individual, a child or a team for the 24.5-mile bike ride or the 5K walk – each with rewards for raising additional funds; a fun, short Peyton’s Parade for kids under the age of 13; sponsoring the event or a participant, and attending the lunch and party at Sayre Park. Additional individual or team fundraising efforts come with rewards such as complimentary entries, and goodie bag. For more information about the event, to sponsor, to volunteer or to register, visit: www.rallythevalley.org or call: 970-384-6620.
Rally for those who have survived cancer
The 24.5 mile Rally the Valley bike ride has a $25 registration fee for adults or $5 for child riders under the age of 13 with an adult, and has a looping route from Glenwood Springs to Carbondale starting at Sayre Park and continuing along the Rio Grand bike path and then back to Glenwood Springs and Sayre Park via County Road #109 (Ironbridge).
Rally for those who we have lost
The Rally the Valley four-mile walk has a $25 registration fee for adults or $5 for a child walker under 5 years old with an adult, and starts and ends at Sayre Park with a stroll along the River Trail to the mid-point at Two Rivers Park.
Rally for anyone facing the diagnosis of cancer
Peyton’s Parade will lead the Rally Walk but with a shorter route of 1.5 mile fun family walk and a $5 registration fee for walkers or bike riders, and will celebrate Glenwood Middle School student Peyton Armstrong who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia three years ago at the age of ten. Costumes are definitely encouraged!
Rally to support the best cancer care for our community
The lunch and party at Sayre Park are included in ride and walk registrations or is $25 for non-event participants, and includes fabulous food, a beer garden and a Kid’s Zone with bouncy houses and more. In addition, booths on cancer prevention and health will be both educational and inspirational.
Rally for Our Survivors
Putting a Face on CancerSM is a photographic project incorporating survivors of all types of cancer who reside in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Cancer survivors are invited to become a part of the project at Rally The Valley by receiving a complementary portrait by contacting photographer Sue Drinker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-948-9489 to schedule an appointment. For more information and to view the entire collection, visit www.puttingafaceoncancer.com.
“It is the hope of each of the participants that, through the sharing of faces and quotes, we can pass along the strength and resilience, which we all hold dear, to those who explore this collection,” said Sue Drinker. “Our common experience with the diagnosis of cancer, and the prospect and survival of treatment makes us an unique band of sober and appreciative individuals. By showing up as who we are now, we hope that others may find their own reservoirs of strength to face cancer and move beyond it.”
Rally to Heal the Whole Person
The Calaway•Young Cancer Center at Valley View Hospital brings together a superb medical team, the best of scientific medicine as well as resources and services to heal the whole person. Integrated therapies, support & survivorship programs, an on-site boutique & salon, and an emergency assistance fund enables Valley View to treat the whole person, not just the disease, and to help cancer patients with their journeys through treatment and into survivorship.
In addition to radiation, surgery and chemotherapy, certified therapists provide complimentary massage, acupuncture, yoga, therapeutic/healing touch, craniosacral therapy and aromatherapy to promote recovery. These therapies, funded through The Rally, can help a patient better manage the side effects of cancer treatment. They can also help patients cope with the stress and anxiety of a cancer diagnosis. These services complement medical treatments to promote whole body healing.
On-site Boutique & Salon
The boutique and salon offers specialized products and resources to help patients create a sense of normalcy while they journey through treatment. From wigs and head coverings to skin care and make-up products endorsed by the American Cancer Society, Valley View makes sure all those who need these resources are able to receive them.
Support & Survivorship Programs
Fighting cancer takes courage and hope. Coffee, Walk and Talk and Moving into Health are just two community-based programs that are important to recovery.
Emergency Assistance Fund
The Center’s social worker assesses financial need and provide resources and services available through support from the Foundation and other community sources.
The Rally Sponsors
Sunlight Peak, $25,000, level are: Susan & Larry Marx and the Richard & Marianne Reinisch Foundation. Sponsor at the Maroon Bells $10,000 level is: Grand River Health. Sponsors at the Treasure Peak Level, $5,000, are Aspen Valley Hospital, Bethel Party Rentals, Aspen Orthopaedic Associates, Alpine Bank and The Post Independent/Aspen Times. At the Raggeds Peak level of $2,500 are Columbine Ford Rifle, O Communications; Bethel Party Rentals and KIND Snacks, and at the Independence Pass, $1,000, level are: Pan and Fork Supper Club, Obermeyer Asset Management, The Pullman, Crystal River Meats, Morrison Foods, Rainy Day Designs, Whole Foods, Somethin’ Sweet Custom Promotions, and the Medline Foundation. At the Red Hill, $500, level are: Two Rivers Dental Center, Bonfire Coffee, Glenwood Springs Ford, Town of Carbondale, SGM and US Bank. The media sponsors are: Glenwood Post Independent, KSPN, KNFO and Jack FM.