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June 2024

Join Us for the Inaugural Kids’ Bike Parade at West Fight On!


Calling all young adventurers! It’s time to rev up your wheels and get ready to roll in the very first Kids’ Bike Parade at West Fight On!

Get ready for a day filled with laughter, excitement, and a dash of friendly competition as children ages 4 to 12 gather to showcase their pedal-powered creativity. Whether it’s decorating your bike with streamers, flags, or even turning it into a magical unicorn, the possibilities are endless!

Mark your calendars for September 7, and don’t forget to bring your helmets, enthusiasm, and a big smile! The parade kicks off at 8:15 at Shelby Farms.

Let’s celebrate the spirit of camaraderie as our young riders take center stage and Fight On at our first-ever Kids’ Bike Parade. Stay tuned for more details on how to sign up coming soon

Pickleball for a Cure!

Earlier this month 170 pickleball players came out to the Windyke Country Club for the first ever Donna Goodfellow Pickleball Tournament, hosted by Courage Thru Cancer and benefitting West Cancer Foundation. Fifty-eight teams passionately competed over the weekend in the tournament all in support of a noble cause.

This tournament is in memory of Donna Goodfellow, a beloved figure in the community and mother of Mark and Jill Goodfellow. Donna’s courageous battle against cancer serves as a poignant reminder of the strength and determination that define so many individuals touched by this disease.

In the midst of friendly matches, we found unity in our shared commitment to making a difference. Each serve, volley and point scored echoed the collective determination to honor those who have faced cancer with unwavering courage.

Thank you to Courage Thru Cancer for putting on a great event and to all who participated, volunteered and supported it. Your contributions help us continue our mission of providing free, practical services to those affected by cancer, ensuring that no one fights alone. Together, we are breaking barriers.

For Marina, Having
Cancer Impacted More
Than Just Her Health,
It Impacted Her Daily Life

Once Marina’s cancer spread to her eyes, it affected her vision which prevented her from driving. As an elderly woman who lives alone without reliable transportation, she knew she needed a resource to get to and from her numerous doctors’ appointments and treatments. Marina was able to rely on West Cancer Foundation to provide free transportation to and from her various doctors’ appointments. Learn more about Marina’s story and our Transportation program below.



Meanwhile in Memphis Podcast

Check out Episode 22 of the Meanwhile in Memphis Podcast featuring our very own Leighanne Soden, President of West Cancer Foundation, and Dr. Marian Levy of the University of Memphis’ School of Public Health. Together they discuss how holistic care is a critical piece of health care and share some confidence-building resources available to Mid-South patients and caregivers. The podcast is available on all streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

 Breakthroughs in Chemo

Traditional chemotherapy frequently presents substantial difficulties, namely harsh side effects. Researchers at the National University of Singapore have been working on developing a less toxic chemotherapy and have engineered a bacteria to deliver the treatment in a more-targeted and more effective manner. This new technique offers a more precise and potent, but less harmful alternative to conventional chemotherapy. It not only enhances the efficacy of the treatment but also substantially lowers the dosage of drugs needed for cancer therapy.


West Cancer Foundation’s mission is to break through barriers to cancer care and improve patient outcomes by providing accessible patient resources, early detection and education, and community-based research.

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