Rally Against Cancer | John Stoddard Cancer Center





The diagnosis of cancer changes lives forever. For patients and families the changes are often physical, emotional and psychological. Rally Against Cancer raises money to help the patients and families at John Stoddard Cancer Center while they are going through one of the hardest fights of their lives. The proceeds support the John Stoddard Cancer Oncology Navigator Program, as well as other programs that provide healing and overall well-being of patients and their families.

Oncology Navigators

John Stoddard Cancer Oncology Navigators are specially-trained oncology nurses and social workers who understand both the medical and emotional aspects of the cancer journey. The oncology navigator works hand-in-hand with the rest of TeamStoddard to help patients and their families understand and utilize all of the resources available to them within John Stoddard, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and the community. Their familiarity with the process allows them to identify and prepare patients for what is coming next, as well as equipping them to identify and meet needs as they arrive.

The main goal of each oncology navigator is to walk along with patients and families and guide them through the process, providing support and hope. The oncology navigator service is available to all patients at no cost. It is funded through philanthropy and represents Stoddard's commitment to providing comprehensive care to its patients and families. 

Programs Supported

Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program

Cancer is the leading cause of disease-related deaths for adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 - 35. John Stoddard Cancer Center and Blank Children's Hospital have joined together to provide this group with specialized coordinated care.

Philanthropy helps provide these individuals and their care team with the resources they need to remain focused on the goals of delivering individualized care plans, increasing enrollment in clinical trials, providing access to resources, raising awareness and, as a result, improving outcomes for these patients.

Compassion Fund

The John Stoddard Cancer Center Compassion Fund provides additional support to patients and families beyond what the hospital is able to provide. This assistance is based on financial need and is designed to respond to the unique medical needs of patients and their families, which can include gas cards for those that travel far distances, overnight accommodations and special treatment-related dietary needs.

The Survivorship Program

The Stoddard Survivorship Program is designed to help provide support to those who have completed treatment so they can live the best life possible as a survivor. Those participating in the program begin with a one-on-one interview with an oncology certified nurse who reviews with survivors their treatments and long term side effects, their care plans for health promotion and maintenance, and reviews any concerns that the survivors have now that they are done with therapy that affect quality of life, such as financial concerns, emotional concerns, nutritional concerns. From there the nurse will help provide opportunities to meet their needs through the programs and services provided at John Stoddard Cancer Center, such as support groups, psychological counseling, nutritional counseling, financial counseling, genetic counseling, pastoral care, the Oncology Arts in Healing program, and Yoga. The Stoddard Survivorship Program is provided free of charge and is not reimbursed through insurance. It is supported with philanthropy from individuals, foundations, and organizations. 

Team Stoddard

To successfully tackle cancer, it takes an entire team working together to coordinate care and develop individualized game plans. At the center of every play is the patient, the family and the caregiver, who are surrounded by a dedicated team of nurses, physicians, oncology navigators, volunteers and support staff.

Team Stoddard is made up of surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, dietitians, nurses, oncology navigators and counselors along with other important team members; all of whom are focused on bringing the best possible care to each and every patient. In recognition of their hard work and dedication to their patients and families, Team Stoddard was proud to receive the 2013 Commission on Cancer's Outstanding Achievement Award.


Rally Against Cancer was created out of the love for a mother, Helen Hampton, who lost her battle with cancer in 1997. Her daughter, Kim Johnson, was so impressed with the treatment, compassion and overall coordinated care that her mother and her family received during Helen's battle with cancer that she approached the John Stoddard Cancer Center about establishing an event to raise money and awareness for the patients and families at John Stoddard Cancer Center.

This annual fundraising event includes a silent and live auction, dinner and presentation by a special guest speaker. Since 2002, Rally Against Cancer has netted nearly $3 million to support the programs and services John Stoddard Cancer Center provides to patients and families to help improve their quality of life throughout treatment and beyond.




Scott Hamilton

We are excited to announce the 2018 Rally Against Cancer featured speaker is Scott Hamilton, Olympic Gold Medal Skater, broadcaster and cancer survivor. 

The most recognized male figure skating star in the world, Scott Hamilton has won 70 titles, awards and honors, including an Emmy Award nomination, induction into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and a privileged member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

In 1984, Scott captured the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide with his incredible Olympic gold medal-winning performance in Sarajevo.Scott has spent the last 30+ years sharing his love and enthusiasm for the sport as a analyst/commentator, performer, producer and best-selling author. 

Scott launched the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) after his own highly publicized survival of cancer, with a mission to improve cancer patient survivorship by supporting world class cancer research and the highest quality patient treatment and care. 

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." Through his story, Scott will teach the importance of making every moment count. 

Past Speakers

2017: Shannon Miller, Olympian, Entrepreneur and Cancer Survivor 

2016: Jim Kelly, Retired Buffalo Bills quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer

2015: Mark Herzlich, New York Giants Linebacker and Cancer Survivor

2014: Mike Haynes, Former Los Angeles Raiders Defensive Back, Cancer Survivor, and NFL Hall of Fame

2013: Chris Draft, Former NFL Linebacker and Cancer Advocate

2012: Merril Hoge, Former Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back, ESPN Analyst and Cancer Survivor

2011: Chris Spielman, Former Detroit Lions Linebacker and Cancer Advocate

2010: Mike Ditka, Former Chicago Bears Tight End, Chicago Bears Coach and NFL Hall of Fame

2009: Marv Levy, Former Buffalo Bills Coach, NFL Hall of Fame and Cancer Survivor

2008: Gale Sayers, Former Chicago Bears Running Back and NFL Hall of Fame

2007: Craig Morton, Former Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos Quarterback, and Cancer Survivor

2006: Len Dawson, Former Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback, Super Bowl IV MVP, and NFL Hall of Fame

2005: Art Still, Former Kansas City Chiefs & Buffalo Bills Defensive End, and NFL Pro Bowler

2004: Marv Cook, Former University of Iowa All-American, New England Patriots tight end, and NFL All-Pro

2003: Kirk Ferentz, University of Iowa Football Coach

2002: John Keck, Former NFL Referee



On-line registration is currently closed.  You can still get your ticket to Rally by calling our office at 515-241-6304. 

The biggest contribution you can give to Rally Against Cancer is your attendance at their annual event. All proceeds from this event, including money raised from ticket sales and during auctions, directly benefits the John Stoddard Cancer Center Oncology Navigator Program. The Cancer Center provides a wide range of patient and family support services and one of the most technologically advanced radiation oncology departments available in the Midwest. We are proud to have raised nearly $3 million since the inception of Rally Against Cancer, all of which benefits local cancer patients here in our community.

Where: The Ron Pearson Center at Hy-Vee's Corporate Headquarters, 5820 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266

When: Saturday, January 27, 2018 beginning at 6 p.m.

  • Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvre stations
  • Live music
  • Silent and live auctions
  • Program and featured speaker Scott Hamilton, Olympic Gold Medal Skater, broadcaster and cancer survivor. 
  • Tickets are $200 per person, of which $130 is tax deductible.

RSVP by January 17, 2018.

Mobile Bidding

Rally Against Cancer will be participating in mobile bidding during our annual silent auction. Participants will now be able to bid for auction items using their personal cell phones. This includes real-time alerts and updates of the auction items. It's now easier to give back than ever before.  Be sure to charge your phone before you arrive. 


On-line registration is now closed.  If you would like to attend, please call 515-241-6304.  


$200/person ($130 per ticket may be tax deductible). 

If you wish to be invoiced, or pay with cash/check, please contact the UnityPoint Health Foundation - Des Moines at 515-241-6304.


John Stoddard Cancer Center, a service of Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, is at the forefront of cancer care in Iowa and the Midwest. Providing support for adult cancer patients, the Rally Against Cancer fundraiser provides necessary funds to support the oncology navigator program which assists patients and families with the tremendous journey of battling cancer.

Cancer can be a scary situation for patients and their families. Oncology navigators work to ease their minds, answer questions and plan ahead for patients.