About Cancer Crush
For the fourth year, the Quincy Medical Group Foundation is honored to carry on the mission of the Cancer Crush event that began in loving tribute to Ted Tappe. Since 2014, Cancer Crush has raised over $669,000 to help patients with basic living expenses to allow their primary focus to be on treatment. Proceeds from Cancer Crush support the Quincy Medical Group Foundation’s Oncology Patient Assistance Fund, which provides assistance to any oncology patient in our community who requires financial support for day-to-day expenses. For many patients facing cancer, worries far extend beyond a diagnosis. The Quincy Medical Group Oncology Patient Assistance Fund hopes to help alleviate the mental, physical, and financial burden a cancer diagnosis brings by embracing our patients in each of these ways. The support of our community is vital in accomplishing these goals.
The event was inspired by Ted Tappe who fought an eight-year battle with prostate cancer. Ted’s son, Luke, wanted to help other oncology patients in our community by easing the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis, so no patient had to face the difficult decision of choosing between their treatment and paying their bills. The Cancer Crush committee was formed with community leaders, friends, and many volunteers.
Luke and his family have made the decision to transition the event to the Quincy Medical Group (QMG) Foundation in 2021 to further grow the event and impact local cancer patients. Founder Luke Tappe said, “The QMG Foundation has been a great partner in our mission to help our community cancer patients. We are so happy that the event, inspired by my dad, will continue on and help our local patients get the support they need. I know our community will continue to support such an impactful fundraising event.”
The QMG Foundation has had the privilege of being closely involved with the event, and we look forward to continuing on the mission to be there for patients facing incredible hardships due to their cancer diagnosis.