Kris Rhodes fundraising for 9th Annual Powwow for Hope: Distancing for Life, Love & Hope

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I am focused on our future generations! With a focus on upstream public health strategies based in our traditional ways (tobacco, food, movement, prayers).

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Aniin! Boozhoo! I am Kris Rhodes and I am an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a descendent of the Fond du Lac Chippewa. I am the mom of two beautiful, amazing people and professionally I have dedicated my career to improving the health of indigenous people. I have been the CEO of the American Indian Cancer Foundation since it started ten years ago. I do this work because I know we can make a difference for future generations by applying the wisdom and teachings of our ancestors in a way that supports public health knowledge. Personally, cancer screening saved my life and allowed me the opportunity to be a mom. We can do better when we support each other!

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Distancing for Life, Love & Hope:

Powwow for Hope is a nationwide fundraiser for the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) that honors loved ones who have faced or are facing cancer by creating a space for healing. Proceeds benefit the American Indian Cancer Foundation’s work to eliminate cancer burdens on Native families across the nation. This year, we are pivoting to a virtual fundraiser taking place from Wednesday, July 1 to Monday, September 7, 2020. 

Cancer kills more Native people than any other disease. Donations from this event help AICAF further its work to eliminate cancer burdens on Indigenous communities throughout the country through improved access to prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivor support. 

Join us in this fight against cancer by starting a Fundraising Team! Because this event happens digitally, you can participate from anywhere in the nation by donating or starting a fundraising page. 

Proceeds from past events have allowed us to create and deliver culturally-relevant cancer prevention resources to more Tribal and urban communities, connect Indigenous cancer survivors and caregivers to healing and supportive services, and partner with more Tribes so we can change the outcome of cancer in our communities.

Let's do more! We cannot make this happen without you! Last year Fundraising Teams were successful in raising $57,000 that helped support: 

  • development of AICAF’s Indigenous Pink and Turquoise Tuesday campaigns, allowing us to engage more clinics and communities, and deliver screening reminder cards, infographics, and swag items to more tribes
  • national survivorship outreach, allowing us to share new Indigenous cancer survivor stories and expand our Survivorship Program to include more resources for caregivers
  • redevelopment of our two websites, both of which allows users to easily navigate pages, access resources, and connect with our team

This year we have an ambitious goal to raise $100,000, but we cannot do it without the support of our Fundraising Teams! Join us in our mission to improve health outcomes for Native families everywhere by getting involved in the 9th Annual Powwow for Hope. 

Find resources and materials for your Fundraising Team on our website. If you need assistance starting your Fundraising Team, please contact

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