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Tour des Chutes expands programs for those affected by cancer


As we approach the time of year regularly dubbed “the Giving Season,” Tour des Chutes has announced a vast expansion of its giving program, a move designed to offer greater access to programs and resources that help improve the lives of those affected by cancer in Central Oregon.

A local non-profit organization known for establishing one of the High Desert’s signature cycling and running events each July, Tour des Chutes established a number of new community partnerships in 2017 that ensure more people than ever are able to benefit from funds raised since the organization was founded in 2004.

“Our goal is simple, and that is to help more people thrive through cancer by offering necessary financial support and opportunities to stay connected with others,” said Wendy McCall, president of the Tour des Chutes Board of Directors. “Thanks to tremendous community support through sponsorships, as well as our annual event, we’re able to continue to expand our reach.”

St. Charles has been a wonderful TdC partner in supporting people with Cancer since 2004. Within the last year, Tour des Chutes created additional partnerships with Bend Memorial Clinic (BMC), Mosaic Medical, Bend Park & Recreation District (BPRD), and the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. These connections have allowed Tour des Chutes to offer additional services that include:

Free access to Bend Park & Recreation District facilities and classes designed to enhance both mind and body. Vouchers can be obtained through St. Charles, BMC and Mosaic Medical, while special Tour des Chutes-funded classes are listed in BPRD’s seasonal “Playbook.” Funding of non-medical basic needs (i.e., food, gas) St. Charles, BMC and Mosaic Medical. Travel assistance for Central Oregonians and their families who must travel to OHSU Knight Cancer Institute in Portland for treatment. Free access to integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture and Reiki through a new voucher program. Vouchers can be accessed through providers at St. Charles, BMC and Mosaic Medical. We reserve funds for urgent/critical needs

“If you’ve been affected by cancer and you live in Central Oregon, we want to help you thrive,” said Gary Bonacker, Tour des Chutes founder. “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.”

Since it was first founded in 2004, Tour des Chutes has raised and donated more than $1 million to Central Oregon cancer programs. The 2017 event alone raised more than $120,000 for community programs and support.

For more information about programs and to learn about ways to access programs and vouchers offered by Tour des Chutes and its partnership, visit or call 541-848-8736.

About Tour des Chutes
A Central Oregon fundraising tradition, Tour des Chutes brings people together through cycling, running and celebration, honoring and supporting those whose lives have been affected by cancer. Founded in 2004, its mission is to support Central Oregonians with cancer by funding services and initiatives that help them thrive. For more information, visit

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