256-Gavers-BDIn its twenty-year history, the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation has raised over $8.3 Million in gross receipts. GCCF has no paid directors, officers or employees. “People believe in us; they trust us,” Steve Gavers, foundation president, said. “They know 100 percent of the proceeds go to cancer programs.”

A Brief History

Steve Gavers is a cancer survivor. “Usually a foundation like this is formed and named for a person who is deceased,” Steve said. “Well, I’m still here, I’m not afraid to talk about my cancer. I’m going to bust my butt talking to everybody about being checked and donating to fight cancer.”

In 1994, Steve made a doctor’s appointment because of pain in his hip. “I was told on a Wednesday that I had testicular cancer. I felt fine, as strong as ever. The following Monday, I was in surgery.”

After the initial surgery, Steve chose excessive chemotherapy and the removal of lymph nodes. “That put me in the 95 percent survival bracket.”

Steve knew six people who were diagnosed with cancer while he was undergoing treatment. “They aren’t here anymore.” He said. Their deaths made him determined to do something very special to raise awareness, improve treatment and advance research for cures.

Supporting Gavers Community Cancer Foundation

When you support the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation you are helping us in our mission to:

1. Raise cancer awareness through education and screenings by

2. Improve cancer care for local residents by

3. Raise funds for cancer research

100% of event proceeds benefit key partnership agencies such as Northwestern Medicine (formerly Centegra), Rush University Medical Center, Family Health Partnership Clinic, St. Jude, and Luries Children’s Hospital, and the Testicular Cancer Foundation.