Proceeds from The Galleri Classic will fund local and cancer-related non-profit organizations focused on underserved populations. Part of The Galleri Classic’s donations will be funded through its ticket sales, and patrons ordering tickets can also make a flat donation to any of The Galleri Classic’s six charitable beneficiaries during the checkout process.
The Galleri Classic is pleased to announce the following six charitable partners: American Cancer Society (Palm Desert office), Desert Cancer Foundation, Eisenhower Health, Hanson House, Pendleton Foundation and Shay’s Warriors Life After Cancer.
American Cancer Society (Palm Desert office)
The American Cancer Society’s Palm Desert office is one of over 5,000 branches nationwide representing the nation’s leading nonprofit organization with a mission of providing support and improving the lives of cancer patients and their families through advocacy, research, and patient support, to ensure everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has developed a program, in partnership with community health systems across the country, to help increase cancer screening rates in underserved areas. It engages with these health system partners to assess current screening barriers and create customized strategies to overcome these barriers. Charitable funds from The Galleri® Classic will be used to support the ACS “Get Screened California” effort and will enable a new community health system in the Coachella Valley to participate in this program and increase cancer screening rates for the valley’s underserved population.
Desert Cancer Foundation
Desert Cancer Foundation was founded in 1994 to pay for cancer treatment of residents who lack health insurance or sufficient funds to pay for their medical care. The foundation works with the generous support of local healthcare professionals, social workers, case workers, and advocates to share the availability of its program with the community. Since its inception, Desert Cancer Foundation has served more than 8,250 residents in the Coachella Valley and surrounding communities and has paid for cancer-related screenings, diagnostics, and treatments valued at nearly $100 million dollars.
Eisenhower Health is a comprehensive health care institution in Rancho Mirage that includes the 437-bed Eisenhower Hospital, the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower and the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower. Eisenhower is renowned for its Centers of Excellence in Orthopedics, Cardiovascular, Neuroscience and Oncology and has provided a full range of quality medical and educational services for 50 years for residents and visitors within the greater Coachella Valley. Eisenhower has twice earned ANCC Magnet Recognition® for professionalism in nursing and excellence in patient care.
Hanson House provides low- or no-cost housing and serves as a “home away from home” for the loved ones of critically ill and injured, hospitalized patients who lack financial resources. Such individuals include cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Situated next to Palm Springs’ Desert Regional Medical Center, Hanson House serves more than 1,000 family members each year, which also includes parents of newborn babies critically ill in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), military families from the Marine Base at 29 Palms and all families of First Responders.
The Pendleton Foundation was set up to assist Coachella Valley families who are dealing with all cancers, and it supports families in their decisions regarding treatment by providing financial assistance, according to its bylaws, to ease the financial impact upon their households. The inspiration for the creation of the foundation was born from the personal experiences of Karen Pendleton, who was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma peritonei, a highly aggressive form of colon cancer, and discovered the great need for financial and emotional support while going through the process of seeking and receiving treatment.
Shay’s Warriors Life After Cancer
Shay’s Warriors Life After Cancer was initially formed in the Coachella Valley to help women who have gone through breast, and other reproductive, cancers and has since expanded its mission to help all cancer survivors. Shay’s Warriors organizes ongoing educational programs, workshops, and special events including the I AM HOPE Survivors Reset Retreat in June, with the mission of inspiring, informing, empowering, and helping heal cancer survivors and their families through health, fitness, and the mind-body connection.
The I AM HOPE retreat will focus on life after cancer, an annual weekend-long experience providing no-cost opportunity for survivors locally and beyond who have finished their active treatments* to gather together and participate in educational sessions and emotional support conversations. This retreat provides a safe place for those who have endured cancer to reset with others who are survivors in all aspects: physically, mentally and spiritually. Ultimately, participants will get to walk away with warrior laughter, love and friendships that will last a lifetime.