By Eleanora Morrison
It was 1984 in San Antonio, and a group of pioneering women saw a need that deserved attention. Cancer was effecting a growing number of their friends and family each year, and it was clear that more resources were needed to research cures. Soon thereafter, the group came together to form a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to raise funds in support of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (now known as the Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center). These founders had one goal in mind: to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The founding group included many community leaders including Edith McAllister, Lois Yancy and first president Jane Cole. Since 1984, the members of the now SA Cancer Council have worked to raise more than $5 million to support the Mays Cancer Center and build awareness.
The crowd funding concept that the Council conceptualized in its early years became a community-wide campaign called the Cure Cancer Card, and it has raised over $2 million for the nonprofit throughout the years. During a 10-day shopping period from October 18-27, a $50 Cure Cancer Card entitles purchasers to discounts from participating retailers, and 100% of the proceeds from Card sales benefit the Mays Cancer Center. Dedicated SA Cancer Council members Karen Heintz, Cheryl Wright and Liz Conklyn share their stories about earlier years, the Council community, and the legacy they are committed to building, not only for their Council but for a healthier San Antonio.
Get to know the San Antonio retailers who are supporting the Cure Cancer Card fundraiser, why they believe in being a part of the fight, and how to find their featured products.