Community rallies to push TeamWalk for CancerCare past $1 million first time in its history


Since walkers first took to the streets of Lowell to support the fight against cancer in 2000, the dream of TeamWalk for CancerCare leaders was to one day raise $1 million in a single year.

In 2017, that dream came true.

Lowell General Hospital and TeamWalk for CancerCare are excited to announce that a generous donation from Digital Federal Credit Union helped push the fundraising year past $1 million for the first time in the event’s history.

“The million-dollar total is a result of the incredible commitment of this community to support those fighting cancer,” says Jody White, CEO of Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health. “This exciting milestone will allow us to expand this support even more through additional prevention and screening programs, exercise and wellness offerings, and innovative approaches to support people as they make the challenging transition to survivorship following treatment. I am excited to discover what more we can do thanks to the generosity of our community.”

In the last 18 years, TeamWalk has raised more than $11 million to support cancer patients throughout the Merrimack Valley, money that is used to provide grants for patients in need, fund support groups and transportation to treatment, cover costs of wigs and prosthesis, hold preventive screenings and more. More than 28,000 patients have been impacted by this support.

In recent years, fundraising for TeamWalk has expanded beyond the walk to a growing number of third-party events – from golf tournaments to motorcycle rides to parties. These events, many of them organized by members of the community, raise thousands in additional funds while promoting cancer awareness and providing a lot of fun along the way.

“The success of TeamWalk comes from the amazing group of walkers, fundraisers and volunteers who come back each and every year,” says Andrea Jackson, TeamWalk manager since 2007. “Our incredible sponsors, including presenting sponsor Aide Conway, are always there when we need them. We thank all of them for getting us where we are today.”

As services, treatments, and standards of care at Lowell General Hospital’s Cancer Center continue to grow, hospital leaders will look at new ways this money can provide the most benefit to the community. Stay tuned in the coming months for some exciting announcements.