Wilkes & McHugh was proud to sponsor the Hooked on Hope 9th Annual Inshore Fishing Tournament in St. Petersburg, Florida. W&M’s accounting manager, Darcy Matchette, and her family participated in the weekend-long series of events that included a hoedown party on Friday followed by the fishing tournament on Saturday.
The fundraiser benefited The University of South Florida’s Breast Health Program, which provides clinical and multidisciplinary care for patients, as well as conducts breast cancer research. Hooked on Hope also has a Treatment Support Fund that provides one-time cash grants for medications, co-pays, living expenses, or other items not covered by insurance but that make the treatment and recovery process easier for cancer patients. To date, the organization has raised more than $300,000.
Darcy learned about Hooked on Hope, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 2009 in Apollo Beach, Florida, through her good friend, Lori Deaton, who also happens to be the organization’s co-founder. It is a grassroots organization managed by a team of dedicated volunteers to serve breast cancer patients in Tampa Bay.
Darcy recently faced breast cancer herself, and though she has great health insurance, she could appreciate how difficult the process would be for patients enduring it without access to good care and support. The firm welcomed the opportunity to support Darcy, Hooked on Hope, and all of the local patients who benefit from their efforts.