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19th Annual Champions Fighting Cancer Walk to take place May 6

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Brockton, MA – On Sunday, May 6, thousands of walkers will cross Brockton to battle cancer in the 19th annual Champions Fighting Cancer Walk to benefit cancer programs and services at Signature Healthcare as well as the Christyne M. Sullivan Memorial Foundation and its community partners. It is one of the largest charity events in the Metro South area, repeatedly drawing thousands of area residents. With this year’s event, Signature Healthcare will be adding to the nearly $3 million in total cash raised over the past nineteen years through generous contributions from walkers, their friends and family, Signature employees, and corporate sponsors. At the walk finish line, Signature Healthcare will be hosting a health fair for the community.

New this year, the finish line will be at the Greene Cancer Center, opened to the community in October 2017. The new 37,000 sqft cancer center is important to the community for several reasons. We have the only Linear Accelerator in our service area. A Linear Accelerator is most commonly used for external beam radiation treatments for patients with cancer. We are “bringing Boston to Brockton” with top oncology physicians who are affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Faculty. All our cancer services are under one new roof, including Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology and Hematology, Chemotherapy, National Clinical Trials, Patient Navigation, and social support services like nutrition and financial counseling, allowing for seamless, quality care collaboration.

The Chrystine M. Sullivan Memorial Foundation, with the assistance of their service partner, the Ellie Fund, provides immediate, critical support services free of charge to breast cancer patients and family members including, but not limited to groceries, child care, gas cards, housekeeping, taxi services, and prepared/delivered meals. In partnership with Cancer Support Community, MA, South Shore, they also provide assistance to South Shore residents through support groups, education and assistive services.

“The walk continues to grow, and we are thankful for the strong community support and our partnership with the Chrystine M. Sullivan Foundation year after year,” said Jeff Miller, Signature Healthcare VP of Philanthropy. “This annual event, along with the celebration at the finish line creates a strong bond between our organization and the community we serve. It is an inspiring event for all involved – those who walk and those who donate time and resources to make the event possible.”

The 4.5-mile walk begins -- rain or shine -- at Brockton High School and finishes at the Greene Cancer Center, on the hospital campus. A water stop at the Central Branch YMCA continues this year, underscoring Signature Healthcare’s partnership with the Old Colony YMCA on health and wellness programs. Those unable to walk the full route can participate in a shorter 1.5-mile walk that begins at City Hall. The Walk is completely staffed and organized by volunteers, reducing administrative costs and allowing more funds to be funneled back into the fight against cancer on a local level. 


The Chrystine M. Sullivan Memorial Foundation

In 1994, Chrystine Sullivan, then only 48 years old, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer with a prognosis of one year to live. With the support of her husband Bob, and five children, she began her fight with cancer. Chrystine was fortunate. She had excellent health coverage and the financial resources that allowed her to pursue every treatment and option available. Thanks to the support of her family and friends, Chrystine gained five years – five years that allowed her to celebrate her 30th wedding anniversary, see her daughter graduate from nursing school, and her only grandson play in his first baseball game. Still valiantly fighting, Chrystine passed away at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital on August 29, 1999 the place where each of her five children were born. Prior to her illness, Chrystine worked diligently as a volunteer to make a difference in the lives of terminally ill children and their families. In honor of Chrystine, her family, her husband Bob, and their children established the Chrystine M. Sullivan Memorial Foundation to provide funding for treatment of cancer patients, medical resources, cancer research, and other support.


About Signature Healthcare

Signature Healthcare is a multi-specialty, not for profit hospital and physician group comprised of Brockton Hospital and Signature Medical Group, which is made up of more than 150 physicians practicing in 18 ambulatory locations. Signature Medical Group acts as a patient’s medical home, working with them to coordinate all their healthcare needs, as well as provide access to evidence based patient care and education and self management support. We are one of the only not-for-profit community based healthcare delivery systems in Southeastern MA providing the full range of high quality primary care, specialty care, hospital care and related ancillary services on a coordinated basis delivered at a low cost. We are an affiliate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC and the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Signature Healthcare is continuously recognized for the quality care patients experience when visiting with our doctors and nurses. Some of our most recent awards include being named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, receiving a national hospital safety score “A” rating as well as a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, being noted as a Top Hospital by US News & World Report, as well as winning a Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Breast Centers. For more information, individuals interested in walking or riding should call the Signature Healthcare Foundation Office at 508.941.7078 or visit our website at http://www.championsfightingcancerwalk.org
How to Get Involved:

  • Recruit a group.  Carry a banner.  Wear outrageous hats or costumes.  Create a T-Shirt.  Stand Out and Stand Up for a lifesaving cause.
  • Set the pace and volunteer to be a team captain.
  • Sign up sponsors.  Ask friends, co-workers, neighbors, relatives, businesses, civic and religious groups to pledge their support in the fight against cancer.
  • Create your own sponsor web page. 
  • Volunteer to staff the event.
Walk Details:
  • Registration will be open from 8 – 10 a.m. at Brockton High School.   
  • Pledge sheets and donations must be turned in at registration. 
  • Parking will be available at the High School, and walkers will receive free transportation to their cars after walking. 
  • The walk route will be clearly marked.  It begins at Brockton High School’s Marciano Stadium.
  • Brockton Police Officers will be stationed along the way to assist at intersections and with traffic safety. 
  • Water stations and rest rooms will be available along the walk route. 
  • Walkers interested in the shorter route should also register at Brockton High School and a shuttle bus will bring them to City Hall promptly at 10:00 a.m.
  • At the completion of the walk, the Hospital will offer a ‘Finish-Line’ celebration complete with live entertainment, health fair, raffle items, family-style BBQ and other hospital and cancer related sale items.