The basic mission of Blacksburg Battles Cancer is to raise funds for cancer focused non-profit organizations that serve the local community. Each year, the WGA will select non-profit organizations that either engage in research to prevent, treat, or cure cancer and/or provide supportive services to cancer patients and their families.
In 2013, Special Love and Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge were the two organizations to which we donated. We're so thankful to have been able to raise a grand total of $23,376!
In 2014, the two organizations for which we raised money, were Special Love and the American Cancer Society. We are proud to say that we were able to raise $12,500 for each organization!
In 2015, Special Love Inc. was presented a check for $10,500, Carilion Clinic NRV Hospice was presented a check for $5,250 and Good Samaritan Hospice was presented a check for $5,250.
In 2016, Students vs. Cancer received a check of $1,500. Carilion Clinic NRV Hospice, Good Samaritan Hospice, Komen Virginia Blue Ridge and Special Love, Inc. all received checks of $6,000 each, for a grand total of $25,500 donated.
In 2017, Students vs. Cancer received a check of $2,500. Carilion Clinic NRV Hospice and Good Samaritan Hospice each received checks of $12,000 each, for a grand total of $26,500 donated.
In 2018 Students vs. Cancer received a $2,500 check. The Christina Phipps Foundation received a $10,000 check. Special Love, Inc. and Susan G. Komen, Blue Ridge each received an $11,250 check for a grand total of $35,000 in distributions by the BCC Charitable Foundation.
Beginning in 2019, we began accepting applications for grants year round and awarding them throughout the year. In 2019, the following grants were made: Carilion Clinic Hospice - $5000, Community Health Center of the New River Valley - $7500, Good Samaritan Hospice - $5000 and Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge - $5000.
The Christina Phipps Foundation provides specialized training to experienced yoga instructors enabling them to guide cancer patients, survivors, and others with range of motion and pain limitations.
Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge is a local chapter of the national Susan G. Komen organization. Their mission is to save lives by meeting critical needs. 75% of funds raised stay local providing breast cancer screenings, diagnostics, treatment, patient navigation, education and transportation to women who need assistance. 25% is invested in research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
For more than three decades, Special Love has helped children with cancer to “just be kids,” through camps, emergency financial assistance, college scholarships – and, most important, a community of support that assures these struggling families they’re not alone in their battle.
Students Vs. Cancer helps local students and teachers who are battling cancer in our area of Southwestern Virginia win the fight. They help with financial burdens of bills, as well as finding unique ways to make the fight easier for our fellow students and teachers.