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Giving Tuesday

I invite you to join me in giving to the SIH Foundation during this season of giving.

Giving Tuesday is November 27th! This is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and community collaboration. Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Giving Tuesday is more than a day to give. It’s a statement of pride and a chance for us to support the SIH mission. Not a day passes when someone’s life isn’t impacted by a health challenge. The SIH Patient & Community Support Funds were established to assist patients in need during medical treatments and to further the efforts of providing quality patient care throughout southern Illinois.

  • Cancer Care Patient Support Fund
  • Coach Kill Fund
  • Family Friendship Fund

Funds are also needed to support the expansion plans of the SIH Cancer Institute, and other SIH building and equipment needs.

Donations made on Giving Tuesday will have an even greater impact on the SIH mission. Gifts made on this day will be matched up to $4,500 (cumulative) through the generosity of the SIH Foundation Board of Directors.

Please join me in giving to the SIH Foundation during this season of giving at If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Jill Gobert, Director of Fund Development at or 618-457-5200 Ext. 67843

Thank you for your support!

Giving Tuesday: Be Someone’s Hero

Southern Illinois truly looks out for its own. It’s Giving Tuesday, symbolically set for November 29th each year to usher in the holiday season. Consider a one-time, annual, or monthly gift to the SIH Foundation in support of our many community support funds.

Here’s a snapshot of the need among friends and families in our region:

  • The SIH Foundation’s Patient-Community Support Funds have helped 13,271 patients with costs not covered by insurance
  • The SIH Cancer Institute treated 1,039 new patients since opening its doors in the spring of 2015
  • Herrin Hospital is set to exceed its goal by performing over 1,710 surgeries in 2016

Indeed, you have the power to change a life. Monetary gifts are tax-deductible. Reach out to SIH Director of Fund Development Tanna Morgan at (618) 457-5200 extension 67843 or click here to set up online giving.

SIH Foundation Announces Major Gift

The SIH Foundation recognized the largest single donation to the fundraising effort for the SIH Cancer Institute this week during formal unveiling of the “Donor Wall” at the Carterville center.

SIH Vice President of Community Affairs Woody Thorne gave special thanks to Cynde and David Bunch, owners of Walker’s Bluff for their $500,000 gift.

“The support of our generous donors bolsters our ability to provide cutting edge, even breakthrough, cancer treatment locally. We’ve seen tremendous growth in the number of patients treated here over the last 18 months, which produces significant benefits to their families and support systems,” Thorne said. “We are here today to say “thank you” to Cynde and David Bunch, and the many new donors who have supported the Hope is Home fundraising campaign.

“This center symbolizes a victory for southern Illinois that could not be realized by any one individual or organization alone and a reminder that together we can accomplish anything for our region,” said Cynde and David Bunch in a joint statement.

SIH Director of Cancer Care Services Jennifer Badiu echoed Thorne’s comments, noting the SIH Cancer Institute experienced a 30% increase in volume during its first year of operation, totaling over 1,200 patients from southern Illinois and neighboring states.

“Over 1,600 donors from across the region – children, patients, families, the business community – have supported this effort,” Thorne added.

Additional naming and donor opportunities exist. To date, the fundraising effort for the SIH Cancer Institute stands at $5.7 million in funds pledged and gifted to the SIH Foundation.

Huck’s Ride for the Fund

One of southern Illinois’ most anticipated charity poker runs is coming back. Southern Illinois Healthcare and the Coach Kill Cancer Fund are pleased to welcome Martin and Bayley Corporation, the parent company of Huck’s convenience stores, as the corporate sponsor of Huck’s Ride for the Fund on Saturday, July 12. The poker run will begin and end at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds with card draws at Riverside Park in Murphysboro, John A. Logan College, West Frankfort City Park and the Harbor Oaks picnic area at Rend Lake.

Over the past several years, thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country have participated in what has become the largest fundraiser for the Coach Kill Cancer Fund. Former Southern Illinois University football coach Jerry Kill created the fund in 2006 after a personal bout with cancer. Coach Kill and his wife, Rebecca, kept the Fund operational locally, even after Coach’s career took him to Northern Illinois University and University of Minnesota. Although Coach Kill is a “Gopher” today, he remains a Saluki at heart.

“When we started the Coach Kill Cancer Fund, we made a commitment that no matter what happened in our lives that we would keep it in southern Illinois because of what the people have done for us. We are truly grateful for the commitment of Martin and Bayley Corporation and Huck’s. With their involvement in making the Huck’s Ride for the Fund possible, we will be able to help so many people in southern Illinois who need it,” said Coach Kill. The Kills’ are looking forward to attending this year’s poker run.

Huck’s Regional Vice President of Operations, Mark McKinney of Marion, says the sponsorship is especially poignant for him and the Huck’s family, as they will be riding and participating in honor of McKinney’s son, Andrew McKinney. Andrew passed away from melanoma last August at the age of 24. Andrew grew up with the Huck’s family and had stepped his way to becoming the southern Illinois district manager for Huck’s.

“Andrew was the type of young man who lit up a room with his presence, a true lover of life. He inspired so many during his three-year fight against the disease. The words “give up” and “quit” were not a part of his vocabulary,” said the senior McKinney. “As one of the young leaders in the southern Illinois area, Andrew was truly dedicated to his family, his company, and his community.”

Headquartered in Carmi, Martin and Bayley (a 100% employee owned and operated company) own and operate 115 Huck’s convenience stores with 1,300 employees in a five-state region. Huck’s employees will rally to support the cause at the many poker run stops throughout the region during the event.

“SIH is privileged to partner with Jerry and Rebecca Kill in administration of the Coach Kill Cancer Fund. To date, supporters have helped raise nearly a half million dollars and provided support to over 1,000 cancer patients and their families in southern Illinois. We are excited about the new partnership with Martin and Bayley and Huck’s as the presenting sponsor. We look forward to the Huck’s Ride for the Fund success,” said SIH Vice President of Community Affairs Woody Thorne.

For specific details including registration information and specifics of the event, visit and click on “Poker Run”.