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Saturday, September 28, 2024
The Signal, Chattanooga


Event Information

The 2024 Chattanooga Gala of Hope is about the future and the children in their fight with cancer looking to us for a future free from pain, free from cancer. American Cancer Society is on a mission to end cancer as we know it by investing in the research that will provide the HOPE the resources and a cure for cancer. The Gala of Hope is a time to come together and share the HOPE by giving to help not just the children who deserve a future but for all those in their fight with cancer. Together we can provide many more tomorrows and HOPE for those who need us most. Join us September 28th as we celebrate HOPE for the Future and a cure for cancer.

Darlene Smith

Advocate and Cancer Survivor

Event Chair

Darlene Smith, Advocate and Cancer Survivor, Prior to being diagnosed with stage 3B breast cancer in January 2003, Darlene has had a long and profitable career in the insurance industry including many years with Cigna Healthcare. After her cancer diagnosis, Darlene’s life has taken a different turn. She currently works on a part-time basis and utilizes her talents and past work experience by assisting other cancer survivors. She serves as a cancer advocate and pursues cancer awareness and education.


Scott Green


Event Co-Chair

Scott Greene, Consultant, Scott was born and raised in Memphis, TN and Rhea’s family is also located in Memphis as well. Scott started a career in logistics 30 years ago. Scott and his wife Rhea moved to Chattanooga one year ago. Scott recently finished his MBA from the University of TN, Haslam College of Business while serving as the American Cancer Society 2023 Gala Chair and now as the Chattanooga Board Chair. Scott is the father to 3 grown children.

Our Mission

Mission Funding: Hope Lodge

Since 1946, the American Cancer Society has supported researchers at pivotal points in their career – to give them the support they need to keep great research going or to take their ideas from dream to reality. The American Cancer Society is proud to have helped more than 24,000 investigators make important advances in prevention, early detection, treatment, and care for those with cancer. In fact, 50 of those investigators have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, considered the highest accolade any scientist can receive. As the largest private not-for-profit, non-governmental funder of cancer research in the US, the American Cancer Society has played a role in many of the major cancer research breakthroughs of the last century.

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Our Impact

110 Years

For more than 10 decades, the American Cancer Society has been dedicated to pursuing better outcomes for every cancer, every life. Today, more people are surviving cancer than ever before, but there is still work to be done. Join us, support us, and help us end cancer as we know it, for everyone.

$ 6.9 B

towards cancer research

68 %
Survival Rate

increase in five-year survival rate for all cancers combined

50.8 M
Saving Lives

lives touched in 2022

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