11th Annual Amanda Hichkad CCA Celebration Walk Raises More than $95,000

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Graphic courtesy of UM Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation
Graphic courtesy of UM Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation

May 11 event raised funds for Cancer LifeNet and its vital supportive care services

The 11th Annual Amanda Hichkad CCA Celebration Walk held this weekend raised more than $95,000 for Cancer LifeNet, bringing the cumulative total raised to more than $1.2 million over the past 11 years.

This annual event, held along the perimeter of the turf field at The John Carroll School in Bel Air, brought together more than 400 members of the community to honor, celebrate and remember loved ones, friends and neighbors who are impacted by cancer. More than 600 donors supported the walk. Klein’s ShopRite of Maryland was the Presenting Sponsor.

“Our volunteers, donors, families and friends demonstrate the meaning of community every year by their support of the Amanda Hichkad CCA Celebration Walk,” said Elizabeth Wise, FACHE, MSN, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, a member organization of the University of Maryland Medical System. “The services offered by Cancer LifeNet are so vital in helping patients and their families navigate the cancer journey. We are so grateful to all who supported this year’s walk. The funds raised really do make a difference in the lives of many.”

It’s not too late to make a donation to support Cancer LifeNet through this fundraising effort – donations are still being accepted at uchfoundation.org.

Cancer LifeNet, located at the Kaufman Cancer Center at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC) in Bel Air, provides support services to help patients and their loved ones find the resources needed to balance work, family and cancer treatment. Nurse navigators, social workers and other specialists work alongside people diagnosed with cancer and their families to create a safe and nurturing environment to help them with each stage of their cancer care. The program’s $1 million annual operating budget is funded solely through philanthropic support.

Over the past year, more than 2,100 people have benefited from the various programs and services provided by Cancer LifeNet. Since its founding 18 years ago, more than 22,000 cancer patients and family members have used the more than 300 free-of-charge services provided by Cancer LifeNet. The UM Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation partnered with the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance in 2014 to establish the walk fundraiser to benefit Cancer LifeNet.

The 2024 walk concludes the 10th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Kaufman Cancer Center and the 20th anniversary of the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance.

About University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, part of the University of Maryland Medical System, includes the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and the Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center on its Bel Air campus. University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center Aberdeen includes a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, Behavioral Health Pavilion and the Anna and James Lambdin Health and Wellness Center. The Klein Family Center in Bel Air offers services for behavioral health. The Senator Bob Hooper House in Forest Hill is an assisted living facility that specializes in hospice. The leading health care system and the second largest private employer in Harford County, UM Upper Chesapeake Health offers a broad range of health care services, specialty care, technology and facilities to the residents of northeastern Maryland. Visit www.umms.org/uch for more information.

About the University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is an academic private health system, focused on delivering compassionate, high quality care and putting discovery and innovation into practice at the bedside. Partnering with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore who educate the state’s future health care professionals, UMMS is an integrated network of care, delivering 25 percent of all hospital care in urban, suburban and rural communities across the state of Maryland. UMMS puts academic medicine within reach through primary and specialty care delivered at 11 hospitals, including the flagship University of Maryland Medical Center, the System’s anchor institution in downtown Baltimore, as well as through a network of University of Maryland Urgent Care centers and more than 150 other locations in 13 counties. For more information, visit www.umms.org.

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