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Champions Fighting Cancer Walk Celebrates its 20th Year!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Walk logo with colorful feet

On Sunday, May 5, thousands of walkers will cross Brockton to battle cancer in the 20th 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 over $3 million in total cash raised over the past twenty years through generous contributions from walkers, their friends and family, Signature employees, and corporate sponsors.

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.  Register and form a team or donate at our Walk website, ChampionsFightingCacnerWalk.org.

At the walk finish line, Signature Healthcare will be hosting a health fair for the community, in addition to a family-style BBQ with games.

About 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 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 as well as Top 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America.  Visit:  MySignatureCare.org.