The Hardware Store Fights Cancer with the Community

The Hardware Store Fights Cancer with the Community

Fighting cancer takes a toll on anyone, but it is especially difficult when you have to drive long distances for life-saving treatments. That’s the case for many patients in small towns, who must travel to big cities for their frequent tests, treatments, and evaluations. In the small town of Atchison, Kansas, The Hardware Store works to make this journey easier for local patients and their families.

Several years ago, The Hardware Store owner Derek Franklin learned about this challenge firsthand. His wife received a cancer diagnosis, and the family began making regular commutes from their small town to treatment facilities in distant metro areas. Atchison, a city with about 11,000 residents, sits approximately 50 miles northwest of Kansas City. That’s roughly a two-hour drive, roundtrip, for treatment.

After countless commutes, Franklin’s wife received a clean bill of health. Having learned the hard way what it means to fight cancer in a small town, the couple decided to pay it forward. In 2019, The Hardware Store hosted its first-ever All-In to End Cancer Casino Night. It’s a Ladies Night even with a casino theme, featuring traditional casino games like blackjack, craps, and roulette, along with a silent auction. More than 200 people attended the event, raising almost $6,500 for the Atchison Cancer Community, which provides services and resources, including travel services, to local cancer patients who need to access treatment.

This year, All-In to End Cancer is set to become an annual tradition. The Hardware Store, a Do it Best member, is a staple in its small-town, providing home and garden essentials, party rentals, and more. Its unique “Wizard of Oz” theme creates an inviting atmosphere where customers can follow the Yellow Brick Road to the products and services they need. By giving back to customers and cancer patients, The Hardware Store keeps the Atchison community in the fight for health and prosperity.

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This story is part of our ongoing ‘Local Memories, Lasting Impact’ series that highlights small, locally owned businesses, and the differences they make in their communities.




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