Our Story

Our friend, Chad Welch, was diagnosed with Acute Mylogenous Leukemia on April 26th, 2005. He endured two separate relapses and two full stem cell transplants during his 26-month long fight. Chad lost his courageous battle with cancer on June 24, 2007. Team Chad was inspired by Chad’s friends and family to help “Continue Chad’s Fight against Leukemia.”

While undergoing treatment, Chad often asked his family and friends “How do people get sick when they don’t have families to support them? Or what if they don’t have insurance?”  Since 2007, Team Chad has been providing essential support to cancer patients and their families, who suffer financial hardship during treatment.  Our mission is to provide the same access to care for all cancer patients, regardless of financial or personal hardships. 

Who Benefits

For the last 14 years, we have given away $1,451,300 to charities across Tennessee. These charities provide financial assistance to patients in need, deliver healthy meals and offer counseling services.

“Over the years, Team Chad has stepped in to support our oncology patients where no other resources existed.”
-Vernon Rose, Executive Director,
Nashville General Hospital Foundation

Nashville General Foundation generates resources to support patients, families, staff and communities served by Nashville General Hospital (NGH). Their Food Pharmacy was started with seed money from Team Chad. This program provides no cost fresh produce and shelf stable foods for any NGH patients or neighbors identified with food insecurity.

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“This past year, more than ever, our Meals 4 Health and Healing program has been essential to the health of our community, as anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting foods are vital to a strong immune system. Along with your support, we wrap a caring community around people facing a very difficult time. Our clients thank you and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for believing in the power and healing of our work. As we pass along your gift to so many others who need this support in their lives, please know your generosity is simply priceless”.
-Katharine Ray, Executive Director, 
The Heimerdinger Foundation

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The Stephens Cancer Care Fund supports University of Tennessee Medical Center cancer patients that are facing tough financial hardships.  The fund provides support through gas cards, housing assistance, prescription drug assistance, tube feeding and supplies. The Stephens Cancer Care Fund continues to be one of UT Medical Center’s most impactful patient assistance programs. 

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Events

Upcoming Events

Since 2007, we’ve hosted tailgates, wine and bourbon tastings that raise money to support cancer patients seeking treatment in Tennessee. We’re passionate about making a difference in our community and creating unforgettable events. Over the years our fundraising goals have grown, but the spirited atmosphere of each event has remained the same. We hope you will join us at one of our upcoming events.

Our Corporate Sponsors

Corporate sponsors are the lifeblood of our organization, providing funds for much of our giving and operational needs. This support helps us make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families across Tennessee.