The 2022 Cops 4 Cancer summer event at Cedar Point raised a record amount of funds for the nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Valley Illinois residents with cancer and coping to the financial perils that the disease also creates.
The event totaled $121,984.
Cops 4 Cancer celebrated its 19th year by hosting its flagship event. Organizers said it started with a dream of Terry Guisti “doing something” with the support of his family and friends.
“We started in my backyard,” Guisti said in a press release posted on the Cops 4 Cancer Facebook page. “This party has become an amazing event that so many great people benefit from. It makes us all proud.
For many years, funds raised were directed to the now-disbanded Illinois Valley Community Hospital Foundation. In 2010, the decision to break with this relationship and have more decision-making power was taken. In 2011, Cops 4 Cancer had legally become a 501(c)3 charity and began directly helping families with their financial needs while battling cancer.
“We may be far from the humble beginnings of the Guistis organizing the first fundraising event, but we’re not too far off to recognize how important it is to stay connected to why we do what we do,” President Betty Glynn said. . “We believe in making a difference. If you attended on Saturday, you were greeted with much love and appreciation for believing in C4C and this community.
The event’s contributors, attendees, volunteers and musicians helped make it a perfect day, organizers said.
“America’s Got Talent 2020 No. 1 winner and an incredibly talented country artist, Austin Edwards grabbed the headlines and gave an impressive performance,” Glynn said. “Austin lost both parents to cancer and was only 6 years old when his mother fought. Austin along with our local talent from Fueled by Whiskey, the Alika Arlynn Band and Country Roots were just amazing.
Anyone wishing to continue contributing to this campaign can do so by visiting www.cops4cancer.com or by mail: Cops 4 Cancer, PO Box 1461, La Salle, IL 61301