Community Goes the Extra Mile for Cancer Patients 2022 Ribbon of Strength Campaign Raises More than $15,000

Because of the generosity of supporters of Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation, patients undergoing treatment for cancer at Alton Memorial Hospital will be able to better focus on treatment, healing, and recovery.

The Foundation’s second annual Ribbon of Strength campaign raised more than $15,000. Those gifts will help patients who lose their jobs or insurance pay for their essentials, so they can stay in their homes, keep their lights and water on, and pay for gas to get to and from treatment.

“We are blown away by the heroes in our community who are dedicated to helping these patients,” said Kristen Ryrie, manager of Foundation and Development for Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation. “Their generosity will benefit the Foundation’s Extra Mile Fund and patients will be able to apply for up to $800 in assistance.”

Supporters also personalized ribbons with messages of hope, celebrating those who won the fight against cancer, and memorialized those who lost the battle. The ribbons were laid end to end on March 25, 2022, at Glazebrook Park in Godfrey and stretched more than 135 feet to symbolize that the community stands behind these patients.

“Thank you to everyone who supported our 2022 campaign! Your gifts have a real impact in people’s lives and we look forward to sharing more success stories with you,” said Ryrie.

To learn more about Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation and the Extra Mile Fund, contact the office at 618-463-7701.

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How You Can Help Cancer Patients

You can help cancer patients who are struggling financially, pay for their essentials, which will allow them to focus on treatment, healing, and recovery. The second annual Ribbon of Strength campaign benefits Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation’s You’ve Got a Friend and Extra Mile funds. Your gift helps the Foundation award up to $800 in assistance to each patient to pay for necessities, such as:

  • Gas cards and car repairs to get to treatment
  • Utility bill payments
  • Rent and mortgage payments

During our first campaign, we created a 101-foot ribbon. Together, this year, we can create an even larger symbol. Join us by purchasing a section of ribbon that you can customize to memorialize, honor or show support and encouragement during a patient’s health crisis.

This year’s ribbon will be unveiled on March 22 and pictures will be sent to all participants.

The deadline to purchase is March 10, 2022.

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How You Can Help Cancer Patients