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The John Stoddard Cancer Center Rally Against Cancer History

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

Past Speakers

  • 2002: John Keck, Former NFL Referee
  • 2003: Kirk Ferentz, University of Iowa Football Coach
  • 2004: Marv Cook, Former University of Iowa All-American, New England Patriots tight end, and NFL All-Pro
  • 2005: Art Still, Former Kansas City Chiefs & Buffalo Bills Defensive End and NFL Pro Bowler
  • 2006: Len Dawson, Former K.C. Chief Quarterback, Super Bowl IV MVP, and NFL Hall of Fame
  • 2007: Craig Morton, Former Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos Quarterback, and Cancer Survivor
  • 2008: Gale Sayers, Former Chicago Bears Running Back and NFL Hall of Fame
  • 2009: Marv Levy, Former Buffalo Bills Coach, NFL Hall of Fame and Cancer Survivor
  • 2010: Mike Ditka, Former Chicago Bears Tight End, Chicago Bears Coach and NFL Hall of Fame
  • 2011: Chris Spielman, Former Detroit Lions Linebacker and Cancer Advocate
  • 2012: Merril Hoge, Former Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back, ESPN Analyst and Cancer Survivor
  • 2013: Chris Draft, Former NFL Linebacker and Cancer Advocate