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YMCA Cancer Awareness Fundraising Supports Local Cancer Services

November 15, 2023

The Ed Thomas YMCA raised funds during the month of October in support of local cancer services provided by the Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology, a department of Community Hospital.

 Throughout October, the YMCA held a variety of exercise classes and activities that raised funds for cancer support. The YMCA then matched the funds to provide a total $500 gift in support of cancer awareness and cancer care services. The check was given to the Community Hospital Health Foundation where the funds are designated for cancer care which will provide a variety of cancer support needs.

Vincent Allen, YMCA Director of Business Operations and Healthy Living, commented the fundraising started with a Pink RYDE cycling class on Saturdays with donations accepted and expanded to additional program opportunities.  "The YMCA of McCook loves our community and wants to make a difference in the lives of those who are facing cancer,” he said. “That’s why we organized a fundraiser event for the month of October to support the amazing work of the Anderson Cancer for Radiation Center. We are proud to help the center offer the latest and best radiation therapy for our friends and neighbors who are fighting this disease."

Amber Reynolds-Lorentz, Physician Assistant at the Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology, accepted the gift. “On behalf of the Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology, we are extremely grateful to the YMCA for thinking of our services and raising funds for our center,” she said. “We are also thankful for the support of the community in contributing to the efforts to help cancer patients in our region,” she added.

Designated cancer care funds at the Health Foundation support Community Hospital’s cancer care services with equipment grants, education support, and a variety of navigational patient care needs.  To learn more about the Community Hospital Health Foundation or to make a donation in support of local cancer care services call (308) 344-7222 or go to