School Food Tour


The School Food Tour partners with the John Wayne Cancer Foundation to promote healthy eating and physical activity among youth

BEND, Oregon – August 11, 2011 – Healthy eating and regular physical activity are two important factors that contribute to lifelong wellness and cancer prevention. Sara Salo’s School Food Tour (SFT) aims to promote these elements of healthy living through a 9 month, 6,000-mile bicycle ride that will stop in 30+ communities across 16 states. The SFT program will engage students and communities in empowering conversations about how to make healthy changes in both their personal lives and within local schools.

The School Food Tour is pleased to announce a partnership with the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF). JWCF was founded by John Wayne’s family after he passed away from cancer in 1979 and JWCF is dedicated to “bringing courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer”. The SFT initiative will augment JWCF’s many cancer research, education, awareness and support programs.

 Sara will be pedaling as a Team Duke athlete and dedicating her ride to the fight against cancer. Team DUKE is JWCF’s athletic fundraising program that allows anyone to add a charity component to their racing goals or personal challenges. JWCF welcomes everyone to join Team DUKE at To support the SFT and JWCF, donate to JWCF through Sara’s personal Team DUKE webpage at

The SFT began in Bend, Oregon on August 19, 2011 and will conclude in Houghton, Michigan in June of 2012. For detailed route information and to learn how you can get involved, please visit the SFT website



School Food Tour

Sara Salo, Founder


John Wayne Cancer Foundation

Greg Graber


Published in: on August 24, 2011 at 2:15 PM  Leave a Comment  

Standup Paddle 4 Cancer and Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Presented by Athletes for Cancer and Team DUKE This Weekend July 8-10, 2011

Come out and join the fun and let’s take the fight aginst cancer to the next level!

These events are part of the Tenacity Games – all the info. is here

The Founders!

Watch the event history video:

Watch the video of the inaugural Athletes for Cancer and Team DUKE cancer survivor surfing and standup paddling cancer survivor support group camp!


Published in: on July 6, 2011 at 8:23 AM  Leave a Comment  

Opening Day Letter from Ruth B. Johnson CEO of Roundup River Ranch – Watch The Video – July 6, 2011

Dear Friends,

It is with great excitement that today, July 6, 2011, Roundup River Ranch will welcome our very first campers. After nearly five years of hard work, dedication, perseverance, and commitment, we have built a place where the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses will be changed. We invite each of you to celebrate the laughter, the smiles, the empowerment, the friendships, and the adventure that will be shared today and always at Roundup River Ranch.

Camp was built and shaped by an incredible community of Board members, volunteers, friends, advocates, donors, and staff, and we could not have reached this milestone without each of you; we offer our sincerest thanks and gratitude for your support. Because of you, hundreds of children will have the opportunity to attend camp completely free of charge. Because of you, the dreams of our campers will be come real life adventures and achievements. 

We offer a special thank you to Alison Knapp, our founder and chairman, for her vision, service, tenacity and leadership. Thanks to her willingness and courage to articulate her dream, the magical place she envisioned has become a reality.

As we count down the final hours until camper arrival, our hearts are filled with pride and joy for not only what we have achieved but for what will come next; this is only the beginning. On behalf of the campers whose lives will be enriched and transformed because of Roundup River Ranch, we thank you. You made something truly extraordinary happen.

With gratitude and excitement,

Ruth B. Johnson, JD

Chief Executive Officer 

PS – A video was recently created for Dine First, the celebration of our inaugural meal in Trent’s Cookhouse, highlighting our camp facilities, program areas, and perhaps most importantly, the stories of a few of our campers. We encourage you to click here to watch the video.

PPS – We look forward to sharing stories and images of our campers following our first session. Stay tuned! 

NOTE from JWCF: More info. about the inaugural Team DUKE Kids Camp at Roundup River Ranch, which started today, is coming soon….


Published in: on July 6, 2011 at 7:46 AM  Leave a Comment  

Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C), Standup Paddling 4 Cancer (SUP4C) and Team DUKE Partner to help fund Children’s Healing Art Project

Jasmine and her art at the DCH10 Art Show

JWCF partners with Kiteboarding 4 Cancer and Standup Paddling 4 Cancer to help fund the Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP)

  • This support helped CHAP provide art projects 37 hours a week.
  • Including CHAPs first in-hospital art gallery called “10 South Art Exhibit” featuring 31 paintings from oncology patients and their families. The oncology floor is on the 10th floor of Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital (DCH).
  • All CHAP kids at Doernbecher have the opportunity to CREATE THEIR OWN SUPERHEROS to express their dream to beat cancer!  
  • That’s over 800 hours of arts projects for 458 children with cancer and their families – thank you CHAP, KB4C, SUP4C and Team DUKE


Joden and Mr Electric


puppets on DCH 10

Published in: on May 27, 2011 at 11:40 AM  Leave a Comment  


The Spirit of the West Riders got together to help man a display table at the Fiesta of the Spanish Horse, held this past May 7, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA. Colorfully outfitted, the group greeted visitors and entertained, while promoting awareness of the JWCF and Team Duke!


At right, Spirit of the West’s Greg Worley listens for the rousing “Yahoo!” Western cheer from a couple of young volunteer ropers, learning to twirl a lariat and earn a Team Duke shirt or hat, while Spirit’s Jay Lewis urges the kids on. The talented Lewis children are in the background performing and giving roping lessons to the eager onlookers.

Spirit of the West’s Phil Spangenberger and Wendy Bailey, mounted on their matching gray horses, appeared as “Mr. and Mrs. Outlaw,” in a fast-paced and humorous stagecoach holdup skit, assisted by coach driver Buddy Liblin, of G and F Carriages, who supplied this beautiful Concord coach to the Fiesta of the Spanish Horse.


For the second year now, the Spirit of the West Riders made a colorful appearance as “Team Duke” at the recent Fiesta of the Spanish Horse equestrian extravaganza.

The Spirit of the West Riders, who have been riding in the Rose Parade for the past 12 years on behalf of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, joined forces for the second year to make a volunteer appearance at the May 7, Fiesta of the Spanish Horse equestrian gala. The event, produced by Asman & Associates, is an annual and extremely popular event that raises awareness in the fight against cancer, through the celebration of various breeds of Spanish horses and horse culture. The evening gala, that always packs the house at theLos AngelesEquestrianCenterinBurbank,California, features some of the world’s most beautiful horses and talented riders.

Once again Producer Joanne Asman, generously offered a display table to the Spirit of the West group to promote the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, group marshal Phil Spangenberger,  was happy to round up a posse of his riders together, to man the table and help out with the festivities. The members appeared dismounted, but in full, and very colorful Old West and traditional Western duds during the afternoon’s festivities before the evening’s equestrian performance, and served as greeters and provided entertainment outside of the arena.

Fancy rope tricks and gun twirling demonstrations, performed by professional performers Christy Lewis and husband Jay, of Lewis Events, along with the little Lewis cowhands James (15) Brett (13) and Melinda (11) and even little two-year-old Emily twirled their ropes to awe the onlookers and attract visitors to the JWCF display. There JWCF tee shirts, ball caps, “Grit” removable tattoos, decals and other promotional material were given out. However, in order to obtain one of these coveted John Wayne items, the kids (of all ages) were required to spin a specially-prepared “spinning” lariat, thus earning the chance to select an item. Needless to say, everybody wanted a tee shirt or ball cap bearing the Duke’s image.

 Group Marshal Spangenberger, accompanied by Spirit of the West’s Wendy Bailey, entertained on horseback during the evening spectacle, by pulling off a galloping stagecoach chase and attempted robbery—but with a surprise comedic ending–where Phil, portraying sixgun wielding “Mr. Outlaw” is chased out of the arena by “Mrs. Outlaw,” played by Wendy, when she gallops in and chases her straying “hubby” home with her broom!  Who says women don’t rule the roost—even the infamous robbers roost!

 Needless to say that between the thrilling equestrian performances and the Spirit of the West’s JWCF display of Team Duke, there’s a whole passel of new fans of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation!

Published in: on May 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM  Leave a Comment  

Fire Road Cycling Event – Team DUKE Fundraising Contest Presented By Cannondale

The Fire Road Cycling 2011event is an official fundraising event for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF)/Team DUKE. The event is on Saturday July 9, 2011.

Win this Cannondale Flash 29er!


The top fundraiser will win a Cannondale Flash 29er mtn. bike shown above (retail value $2,000).

Minimum fundraising amount for the top fundraiser: $500


  • CANNONDALE FLASH 29er Mtn. Bike. Retail $2,000
  • Team DUKE Cycling Uniform (jersey and shorts)
  • Team DUKE Knife – collector’s item with certificate by W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery
  • JWCF Belt Buckle
  • JWCF T-shirt and Baseball Cap
  • John Wayne Beef Jerky
  • JWCF Sunscreen


  • Cannondale Team Jersey
  • Timex Global Trainer GPS watch!
  • Team DUKE Cycling Uniform (jersey and shorts)
  • JWCF T-shirt and Baseball Cap
  • JWCF Sunscreen


  • Team DUKE Cycling Uniform (jersey and shorts)
  • JWCF T-shirt and Baseball Cap
  • JWCF Sunscreen


To join this fundraising contest contact JWCF’s Greg Graber at  or 949-631-8400. 

All contestants are required to contact Greg to enter this contest. 

Click Below for CONTEST RULES:

Fire Road Cycling Team DUKE Fundraising Contest 2011

Click Here To Visit the Event Website for Info. and To Register

Published in: on May 4, 2011 at 4:38 PM  Leave a Comment  

Transcend Cancer – JWCF Staff working at Outdoor Adventure Support Group Camps

JWCF staff Mandy and her Suplove standup paddleboard

JWCF staffer Boots, still smiling even after losing a snowball fight

JWCF staff Boots and Mandy have been working at two amazing support groups this week to help young adults fight cancer.

Boots is working at the First Descents rock climbing camp in Moab Utah and Mandy is working at the Athletes for Cancer Maui Camp.

JWCF helped fund the inaugural Moab camp last year and Athletes for Cancer and Team DUKE have partnered to fund this first Athletes for Cancer camp.

Thank you First Descents, Athletes for Cancer and Team DUKE for making these programs possible.

Published in: on April 12, 2011 at 8:49 AM  Leave a Comment  

Lemon Drop Speaks

About the healing power of First Descent’s outdoor adventure cancer survivor support groups.

Lemon Drop attended the First Descents rock climbing camp in Moab Utah that JWCF supported.

Published in: on April 11, 2011 at 4:01 PM  Leave a Comment  

Race for Hope in AZ – Sunday May 1, 2011

Click below for info. about this fun walking/running fundraising event in Arizona that benefits the Arizona Myeloma Network.

JWCF partners with the Arizona Myeloma Network on an annual cancer conference in Arizona.

5K and 1 mile distances.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Westgate City Center

Glendale, Arizona

Click here to go to the website to learn more and for registration link.

Race Flyer

Published in: on April 11, 2011 at 3:02 PM  Leave a Comment  

AGR Buck Off 2011

JWCF would like to thank Alpha Gamma Rho for fundraising at the AGR Buck Off in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Published in: on April 11, 2011 at 2:51 PM  Leave a Comment