This approach to helping others in need is different from that of many organizations that raise money for cancer causes. Rarely do organizations give monies directly to individuals who are fighting cancer and, usually, untold financial stress at the same time.
Chuck’s foundation, Adventures Inside of Campus for a Cure, is a 501c3. Chuck and a few friends decided to fight cancer by pulling on a few of their favorite things: education, art, music, and good people. They use their collective resources to bring people together to have a ton of fun while making cancer awareness their top priority. Chuck and company do not see their group as an organization but a movement. “Our goals are to entertain through art and music, educate about the effects of cancer, and enlighten lives with the experiences we leave behind from city to city on our journey,” he said with a big grin. Adventures Inside a Campus for a Cure started in Kentucky in Chuck’s hometown but has found a huge following in Nashville and among individuals from around the world.
At the time of our meeting, Chuck was training for an Ironman competition that was held on August 29, in Louisville, Kentucky. He had been training with Centre College football coach Patrick Carter Conley since mid-December of 2009. Chuck shared with me his weekly training regimen, which included six days a week of swimming, biking, and running. When I asked about his strenuous workouts, he said they were brutal but would be worth it for a deserving family.
Many people donated money while Chuck was training and on the day of the event. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event went to two unknowing and deserving families in Nashville, TN and Louisville, KY that have someone currently battling cancer. Chuck recruited two dear friends who worked in the medical fields from both cities to give him names of families in dire circumstances to be recipients of the donations.