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St. Louis Champions of Hope Gala

November 2, 2024
St. Louis Union Station, St. Louis


Event Information

The St. Louis Champions of Hope Gala is recognized as the third largest fundraising event in the country for the American Cancer Society and is led by some of the most distinguished leaders in the St. Louis area; our CEOs Against Cancer of Missouri – St. Louis Chapter Members.  The American Cancer Society is proud to recognize Steve O’Loughlin and Peter Blumeyer as our 2024 co-chairs and Lodging Hospitality Management and UMB Bank as our Presenting Sponsors.

Event Co-Chairs

Steve O'Loughlin

President & COO / Lodging Hospitality Management

Message from our Leadership

The American Cancer Society is the leading cancer fighting organization with a vision to end cancer as we know it for everyone. Now is the time to unite and make a significant impact on the future of cancer. By coming together as a community and supporting the efforts of the American Cancer Society, we can work towards a future where cancer is preventable, treatable, and ultimately defeated.

Peter Blumeyer

President / UMB Bank St. Louis

On behalf of the American Cancer Society, thank you for you for partnering with us on this impactful event, and we look forward to seeing you at the gala in November.

With gratitude,
Steve O’Loughlin & Peter Blumeyer


Mission Funding

Research in Missouri

This year, 100% of your gift through the Fund a Need will support cutting-edge, life-saving cancer research conducted right here in Missouri. The American Cancer Society is the largest non-governmental funder of cancer research in the country. Our grants fund high-impact and innovative cancer research conducted by hundreds of promising scientists and health care professionals-primarily early in their careers – at institutions across the United States. In fact, 50 researchers funded by the ACS went on to win the Nobel Prize. We have played a role in most of the cancer research breakthroughs in recent history. We fund the best science to find answers that help save lives.

More than $90M has been invested in Missouri since 1946, in multi-year cancer research grants, including $7.37M currently invested across 11 research grants in Missouri. The American Cancer Society established the Center for Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR) Training with current funding provided to Washington University.

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Our Impact

9 Years

For more than 10 decades, the American Cancer Society has been dedicated to pursuing better outcomes for every cancer, every life. Today, more people are surviving cancer than ever before, but there is still work to be done. Join us, support us, and help us end cancer as we know it, for everyone.

$ 6.9 B

towards cancer research

68 %
Survival Rate

increase in five-year survival rate for all cancers combined

50.8 M
Saving Lives

lives touched in 2022

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