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Grind City Cycling Club and Shelby County Commissioners Add to West Cancer Foundation’s Mission with Donations to Help Advance the Fight Against Cancer

MEMPHIS, TENN., November 22, 2021 – Grind City Cycling Club recently hosted their second annual Paint the Streets Pink cycling event and raised $4,000 for West Cancer Foundation, whose mission is to advance the fight against cancer through research, education, patient support, and community outreach.

Also on hand were Shelby County Commissioners Tami Sawyer and Michael Whaley who presented a check for a $10,000 grant from the Shelby County Board of Commissioners to West Cancer Foundation to further the fight against cancer and support cancer patients here in our community.

“This community is truly amazing! We are so overwhelmed with gratitude for the generosity and dedication of those who continue to join us on our mission to advance the fight against cancer,” said Leighanne Hart Soden, West Cancer Foundation Executive Director. “Together we are taking the next step in fighting cancer by investing in research and education, supporting cancer patients, and promoting the overall health of the community, and none of it would be made possible without the love and support that surround us. We are so thankful.”

Grind City Cycling is a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting brotherhood through health and wellness. Their mission is to make a difference in the community by displaying unity amongst cyclists in the Shelby County Area. This year Grind City Cycling hosted the second annual Paint The Streets Pink ride which raises money for breast cancer research and awareness while encouraging people to get out on their bikes. The 20-mile ride took place Saturday, October 30 and started and ended at Grind City Brewery, who donated a portion of their proceeds from that day to the cause.

“We started a cycling club about a year ago. Right away we knew we wanted to host a ride to bring awareness to this deadly disease and bring hope to those battling cancer,” said Kevin Woods, board member Grind City Cycling Club and President, Memphis Market BlueCross BlueShield. “We’re proud to find a small way to give back and support the great work of West Cancer Foundation.”

West Cancer Foundation is a Memphis-based nonprofit organization founded in 2020 to advance the fight against cancer through local research, education, patient support and community outreach. The organization is committed to developing collaborative partnerships and innovative community initiatives that will improve health inequities, increase research and leave a lasting impact by removing barriers to cancer care. For more information,



Photo: Grind City Cycling Members and Shelby County Commissioners Tami Sawyer and Michael Whaley


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About West Cancer Foundation:

West Cancer Foundation is inspired by the work for Dr. William H. West who felt that he received a commission to perform his life’s work when his mother, Margaret West, died after her battle with breast cancer.


The West Cancer Foundation’s mission is to advance the fight against cancer through research, education, patient support, and community outreach with the vision to shape oncology research and education so that cancer is no longer a burden for future generations. West Cancer Foundation funds programs that address the West Cancer Foundation core values of community, diversity, discovery, and stewardship. The programs West Cancer Foundation currently funds are Breast Screenings, Lymphedema Assistance, Post-Mastectomy Assistance, Online Wig Boutique, Patient Transportation, and Research and Fellowship Programs at University of Memphis and University of Tennessee Health Science Center. For more information visit



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