In early September over 70 women gathered on the banks of the South Fork of the Snake River for Stripping for a Cure, a celebration of fishing, friendship and philanthropy in the Tetons. As a result of generous participation in the event, Stripping for a Cure will donate over $60,000 to local cancer charities this year.
The Women’s Health Fund/St John’s Hospital Foundation: The St. John's Women's Health Fund, established by generous donors to St. John's Hospital Foundation, is designed through an application process to provide support to women who are in need of preventative health services but cannot afford them; need support for travel to medical treatments in Idaho Falls or Salt Lake City; are in active treatment and need supplemental funds for items like child care, groceries and medicine.
Camp Magical Moments: Our mission is to offer children with cancer and their families a place of retreat in an environment of fun, friendship and love. Founder Ann Walsh is a former executive director of the American Cancer Society and has created a camping experience on the Hansen Guest Ranch for children who have had or currently have cancer. The ranch offers tennis, fishing, horseback riding, and authentic old west adventures with support from volunteers who are committed to providing an environment of fun, friendship and love all, in a medically supervised atmosphere where the campers medical needs are met.
Rally for the Cure Fund/ Teton Valley Hospital Foundation: Teton Valley Hospital Foundation works to support the development, improvement and expansion of the facilities, equipment, services and programs of Teton Valley Health Care. TheTeton Regional Rally for the Cure Fund provides mammographies for income-qualified and/or underinsured women and men. The Rally for the Cure fund also supports breast cancer community outreach and education
About Stripping for a Cure
The first Stripping for a Cure event was hatched in 2009 by friends Susie McDowell, Kay Jones and Ellen Dailey, who wanted to engage their female fly-fishing friends in an event that would raise awareness and funds for cancer programs in the Teton area. The event has evolved into a two-day celebration that includes a friendly fishing competition on the South Fork of the Snake River, a silent auction and raffle, festive dinners and a group of women who are as passionate about philanthropy as they are about fishing. In six years Stripping for a Cure has raised over $120,000 for cancer charities in the Tetons.