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John Stoddard Rally Against Cancer

The Rally Against Cancer, a benefit for John Stoddard Cancer Center started in 2002 and has raised over 1.5 million to support cancer programs and services. Team Draft Co-Founder, Chris Draft, travels to Iowa to present the key-note address for this event and joins a prestigious list of past speakers including Mike Ditka, Chris Spielman and Merril Hoge.

Iowa’s first children’s cancer center opened at Blank Children’s Hospital in 1987 – concentrating all phases of pediatric cancer diagnosis and treatment in one unique area. Expanding upon that concept in 1991, the John Stoddard Cancer Center opened at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, a significant new milestone. It was the first cancer center in central Iowa to house all radiation oncology and ancillary services in one location. The new facility centralized all outpatient oncology services in one area while conveniently locating them by the inpatient services offered at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

The Rally Against Cancer, a benefit for John Stoddard Cancer Center, started in 2002 by the Coral and Kim Johnson Family. Since its inception over $1.5 million (net) has been raised to support the programs and services of the John Stoddard Cancer Center to improve the lives of those we serve. Past funds raised have helped purchase or support the following:

Stereotactic Radiosurgery Equipment (to treat tumors without surgery)
“What’s On Your Mind Program” (free psychotherapy to patients)
Blanket warmer for patients
Cancer Resource Library update and upgrade
Specialized recliner chairs for therapy patients
Stoddard Cancer Care Coordinator Program
Adult Oncology Inpatient Unit Renovation