Tour des Chutes is possible because of our generous community of sponsors, donors, participants and volunteers. The funds raised directly support cancer survivors in our Central Oregon community. Since 2005 we have raised well over $1 million that continues to support both existing and new programs.
“If you’ve been affected by cancer and you live in Central Oregon, we want to help you thrive. For some, this means getting to their appointments without having to worry about money for gas and basic needs. For others, it’s about getting their energy back through exercise classes. When life feels like it’s been turned upside-down by a cancer diagnosis, knowing that such seemingly simple things are taken care of can provide a person with a much-needed sense of normalcy and control.”
~ Gary Bonacker, Tour des Chutes founder
Tour des Chutes works hard to ensure we are making the highest and best use of donated funds. We give to programs that:
- Positively impact a large number of people with cancer in Central Oregon
- Fund non-medical basic needs for those who require the most assistance
- Fund programs that effectively engage people in relationships, community, and social networks
These programs include:
St. Charles Cancer Center and Cancer Survivorship Program
The St. Charles Cancer Treatment Center provides survivorship programs and non-medical basic needs. Survivorship programs include social/support groups, education, recreation, and integrative therapies. Non-medical basic needs include funds for food, gas cards, utilities, and prosthetics. These programs are estimated to support more than 5,000 people.
Funding of Non-Medical Basic Needs
Through partnership with St Charles, Summit Health, Mosaic Medical, and the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, we offer food and gas cards to Central Oregon residents who must travel for cancer treatment.
Integrative Therapy Vouchers
Free access to integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture and Reiki which can be obtained through providers at St Charles, Summit Medical Group and Mosaic Medical.
Bend Parks and Recreation District Classes
Free access to classes designed to enhance both mind and body – see what is available in BPRD’s seasonal “Playbook.”
Tour des Chutes Emergency Fund
Funding to help patients with urgent needs such as living expenses or other medical conditions that must be addressed prior to or during treatment.
A flyer with a summary of these services can be found here: Beneficiary Summary
- Teresa Braden, Summit Health – 541-706-5492
- Angela Saraceno, Mosaic – 541-323-3860
- Rich Kelly, St. Charles Health System – 541-706-6723
- Tina Johnson, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute – 503-346-4279
You can also contact us with any questions you have about these giving programs.
Join us in our mission to support cancer survivors by registering for a cycling event or 5K run/walk. If you’d like to make a donation, please click here. Thank you for your support.