Gary Reece, President of Cancer League of Colorado

Gary Reece, President of Cancer League of Colorado


President’s Message

May 14, 2020 

As always, our hope is that you and your family and loved ones are safe and healthy while navigating the choppy waters of this pandemic storm.  Changes are happening every day as the world begins to explore ways to reopen to life and business.  The leadership of Cancer League of Colorado is very sensitive to these changes as they relate to our fundraising activities, keeping as our first priority the health and safety of everyone connected to this organization.  This is why Cancer League has made some very important decisions for 2020 that we would like to share with you.


We communicated previously that the Hope Ball 2020 originally scheduled for May 9th was being postponed to August 1st.  Today, there continues to be significant uncertainty as to whether such a large in-person event would be prudent, even if permitted by law. 

Due to this uncertainty, we have decided to change our Hope Ball 2020 from an in-person event on August 1st to a virtual event on June 27th.   This promises to be an exciting, entertaining and fun evening open not only to those who would otherwise have attended the in-person event, but to the entire family, friends, colleagues and contacts throughout all of Denver, the state of Colorado and the  country.  Watch for more details coming your way in the near future about how you can participate in this unique opportunity to support the important cancer research efforts in Colorado.


Our concerns for the safety of our members, sponsors and participants also have led us to cancel our 2020 Golf Tournament scheduled for June 22nd, as well as our 2020 Race for Research scheduled for August 16th.  However, we will be incorporating several aspects of the Race, including the Miracle Mile program, into our Over the Edge event, being held as originally scheduled on September 10th, 11th and 12th.  For those unfamiliar with this event, it represents a unique opportunity to rappel down the side of one of Denver’s skyscrapers, an activity easily accomplished under the most restrictive social distancing guidelines.  This year, we will be rappelling from one of downtown Denver’s most prominent structures, representing a great way to break from the quarantine doldrums.  Stay tuned for more details on this exciting event.


We are hopeful that each of our four major fundraising events will return to their regular time and structure in 2021 with fears of COVID-19 a distant memory.  In the meantime, we need your support today more than ever to help us fund vital cancer research in Colorado, a need that has not diminished with the increasing focus on the pandemic.  Please join us on June 27th for our Virtual Hope Ball 2020, “Dedicated to the Ones We Love,” as we fight for the survival of cancer patients and the cure for cancer.  We promise you a night you will never forget! 

Thanks to all of you for your continued support! 

With Dedication,

Gary Reece

President, Cancer League of Colorado  

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