On March 16, 2007, the Leave a Legacy Foundation was created to honor the life of our dear friend Laura and to strengthen the cancer resources in southwest Kansas. Laura died at the tender age of 30 after a six year battle with brain cancer. She walked through it all with such beauty and grace, and always with a wink and smile on her face!
“Laura’s Touches” are given once a month to patients taking chemo or radiation at the Cancer Center to encourage them in their fight. Touches have included cookies from Herb’s, Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificates, fuel cards, lunch from Samy’s, Legacy Cookbooks, and mum plants, just to name a few.
The funds to continue “Laura’s Touches” are generated through a silent auction held each year following the Legacy 10K and Spirit 5K races.
Our goal for 2013 was to raise the $30,000 to cover the costs of the St. Catherine Hospital’s membership into the Midwest Cancer Alliance. We are happy to say we accomplished this goal! The Midwest Cancer Alliance links rural hospitals and cancer centers like the one at St. Catherine Hospital to the University of Kansas, School of Medicine’s Cancer Center. This gives patients in southwest Kansas the opportunity to utilize KU Med’s resources without having to travel and gives them access to the latest in clinical trials.
With this $30,000 we are happy to say that we have now donated over $100,000 toward improving cancer fighting resources in Southwest Kansas. This money has gone to help provide things like radiation shields, two digital mammography machines, and the Midwest Cancer Alliance membership.
We are incredibly proud of the cancer screening events that we have been able to host over the last four years.
Early detection is key to treating all types of cancer. It is our hope that by continuing to host free cancer screening that we can save lives in southwest Kansas. With your help we look forward to expanding these screenings to other communities.
Thank you for your support in continuing our fight against cancer in southwest Kansas!
Leave a Legacy Foundation
PO Box 734
Garden City, KS 67846
Phone: (620) 260-7150 or