Our goal to provide cancer education and outreach extends far beyond the walls of the John Stoddard Cancer Center. We organize and attend many events throughout central Iowa to provide cancer information to the community. We dedicate our time and resources to these events because we know that education and research are vital in the fight against cancer.
Visit our Classes and Events page for more information on all of our support groups, events, classes and educational conferences.
The John Stoddard Rally Against Cancer raises funds to assist patients and families at the John Stoddard Cancer Center. The event is held in January each year.
Cancer Survivors Day
Cancer Survivors Day is a national celebration honoring survivors across the country. National Cancer Survivors Day is observed on the first Sunday in June each year. John Stoddard Cancer Center partners in a local celebration annually.
Through the UnityPoint Health - Des Moines LiveWell program, Stoddard holds various events throughout the year to educate the public about cancer awareness and prevention. Events have included Girls Night in the Village and various lunch and learns (past events have covered breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, radiation oncology, and oral, head and neck cancer).
Free Screening Events
With the help of many local physicians, clinics, community organizations and UnityPoint Health - Des Moines hospitals, Stoddard is able to provide free mammograms, free colonoscopies and free skin cancer screenings to many of those in need in central Iowa. We will continue to find ways to offer these vital screenings in the years to come.
Many local organizations hold cancer fundraising events throughout the year. Stoddard is actively involved in many of those events, including American Cancer Society Coaches vs Cancer, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition's Walk for the Whisper, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk, Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure and many others. Stoddard donates staff time, fundraising dollars, gifts-in-kind and cancer education materials to these events and we consider them an important part of our outreach activities.