The High Plains Relay For Life Heroes of Hope and their Profiles of Courage symbolize the courageous struggle of all cancer patients and caregivers as they deal with the physical and emotional aspects of their cancer journey. Through their stories, Heroes of Hope help to create more birthdays as they fight back against cancer in communities across the High Plains Division.
Heroes of Hope: Profiles of Courage is a survivorship initiative involving the selection of 28 Heroes of Hope from across the High Plains Division of the American Cancer Society (Hawaii/Guam, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas). This effort has three primary goals.
• To identify cancer survivors and caregivers with exemplary involvement in Relay For Life.
• To broaden the reach, outreach, and effectiveness of survivorship year-round.
• To develop a dedicated and diverse team of Relay For Life spokespersons who effectively tell their American Cancer Society stories.
In sharing their inspiring stories, they encourage others to tell their stories and to support the American Cancer Society in tis mission to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays and ultimately give people more of their most precious resource: time. More time with their families and friends, more memories, more celebrations, and more birthdays.
Sharing Hope: One Story at a Time
The High Plains Heroes of Hope and their Profiles of Courage epitomize the courageous strength and determination of survivors and caregivers after a cancer diagnosis. These extraordinary volunteers inspire hope in the fight against cancer. These extraordinary volunteers inspire hope in the fight against cancer through engagement with communities across the High Plains Division. By sharing personal stories of their cancer journey, each stands to proclaim “I am HOPE” and invites you to double the effort and end the burden of cancer.
Need one of these inspirational survivors or caregivers to speak at your event? Just ask a Hero of Hope. Click here to learn how to request a Hero.
Heroes of Hope: Class of 2013
Click here to view the Class of 2013
Doug Baker … Cushing, OK
Keith Baker … Grand Saline, TX
Shane Beauchamp … Midland, TX
Susan Berti … Palmyra, MO
Katie Blanco … Denver City, TX
Teresa Blevins … Kirbyville, TX
Nancy Buchholz … Omaha, NE
Paige Buck … Grapevine, TX
Tracie Burnham … Houston, TX
Daveline Ching … Waikoloa, HI
Jody Delgado … Kyle, TX
Brenda Fox … San Antonio, TX
Kervin Gossen … Weatherford, OK
Claudia Herman … Coppell, TX
Bob Himes … Corpus Christi, TX
Mick Hynek … Endicott, NE
Jolonna Martin … Levelland, TX
Kimberly Patterson … Kansas City, MO
Claire Poley … East Prairie, MO
Justin Poley … East Prairie, MO
Robbie Prine … Springfield, MO
Glenda Reynolds … Richmond, MO
Vicki Satterwhite … Laguna Park, TX
Tammy Sharp … Dickinson, TX
Amira St. James … Abilene, TX
Cindy A. Turner … Salina, KS
Meghan Urwin … Sublette, KS
Deborah Wiggans … Macon, MO
Click here to view the Class of 2012
Click here to view the Class of 2011
Click here to view the Class of 2010
Click here to view the Class of 2009
Click here to view the Class of 2008
Click here to view the Class of 2007
Click here to view the Class of 2006
The Heroes of Hope program that, in 2005, began in the High Plains Division has gone global. Extraordinary cancer survivors from 37 states and 18 countries represent courageous voices of HOPE.
Click here to view the 2011 International Heroes Of Hope
Click here to view the 2012 International Heroes of Hope
Click here to view the 2013 International Heroes of Hope
A special thanks to the volunteers and staff who make the Heroes of Hope initiative possible...
Shelia Blankenship, Advisor….Hooker, OK
Cynthia Dickson, Chair….Bastrop, TX
LuAnn Edwards, staff lead….Leander, TX
JoLeen Eiklenborg…Waco, TX
Lisa Nelson, Staff….Hugoton, KS
Ronnie Trentham…Stilwell, OK
Lisa Velasquez…..Galveston, TX
Wendy Wildberger…Washington, MO
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The High Plains Division serves Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Guam