BCU honored with MMRF Spirit of Hope Award

September 26, 2016

The Campbell Family and BCU have been named as 2016 MMRF Spirit of Hope Award recipients, the highest honor presented by the Foundation.

One of BCU's first employees and dear friend, Torrance Campbell (TC) was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1997. He was just 38 years old. Like so many others, his colleagues didn't know very much about multiple myeloma when they first heard the news. Nonetheless, BCU employees were determined to learn more and do their part to contribute to a cure.

Formed with the enthusiastic support of BCU's CEO, Mike Valentine, BCU's race team originated simply as the “BCU Team”. Shortly after Torrance's passing in 2005, another multiple myeloma patient and close friend of BCU suggested “Spirit of Hope”. So beginning in 2006, the BCU Team officially became “TC's Spirit of Hope” to honor his memory. The team name embodies Torrance's hopeful attitude.

In the true spirit of remembering and honoring Torrance, BCU's tradition is to invite employees, friends, family and business partners to participate and raise funds for MMRF for a period of weeks leading up to the race. “It's wonderful to have so many of our current and former employees and their families come out in support of MMRF and celebrate TC's memory”, Valentine shared.

The run-up to the 2016 race has been special for many reasons. In particular, BCU had a record number of 85 registrants, and TC's son, Justin, designed this year's incredible commemorative t-shirt that was worn by everyone on our team. We also had the 1st place participant in the MMRF 5k – Cameron Rieger. Most impactful perhaps, is the amount raised by BCU this year through online donations, 50/50 raffle, and registration fees. Our total reached new heights at $4,370. We're proud of this, but aspire to top ourselves every year.

BCU has established a Perpetual Award in Torrance's honor through the Illinois Credit Union Foundation Commemorative Program. Additionally, the Learning Resource Center at BCU's headquarters bears his name, serving as a constant reminder of those things TC taught them in life and in death. Wonderful stories of the impact Torrance had on the lives of everyone he touched at BCU are shared often, keeping the TC Spirit of Hope alive in all they do.