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July 15, 2019


Mitchell Tenpenny and Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, have announced today a new partnership between the 10Penny Fund and the Sarah Cannon Fund to aid cancer patients and their loved ones through the cancer journey. The efforts of the campaign will focus on music as a source of strength and empowerment addressing the mental and social impact on people fighting cancer.  

“There are a lot of programs that are directly tied to research and aiming to find a cure for this illness, which are critical. In watching so many of my family members go through cancer, it became clear that there was also a significant need for resources that support you through the mental side of fighting cancer,” said Tenpenny. “How do you approach the disease mentally and say ‘I’m going to beat this’? I’ve seen so many success stories when you approach it that way, and wonder how things may have been different if my own family had access to support resources for this aspect of fighting cancer.”

“We are proud to partner with Mitchell to make an impact in the community. He has been in the shoes of so many of our patients and their families and has a powerful story to tell,” said Dee Anna Smith, CEO at Sarah Cannon. “Mitchell is helping to build a movement to help families get through the cancer journey with even more support than ever through the 10Penny Fund, in partnership with the Sarah Cannon Fund.”

Click here to read Tenpenny and Smith discuss the partnership exclusively with the Tennessean.

Tenpenny lost his father to cancer while in college, and has been vocal about how the experience affected him. “Walk Like Him,” a moving track from his debut album, was inspired by his father’s memory and puts to melody the moment he revealed his diagnosis.

Click here to watch Tenpenny share the story behind the song in his own words.

Guided by his experience, Tenpenny began the 10penny Fund in 2018 with a sincere desire to provide inspiration and support to cancer patients beyond traditional medical treatment. Determined to make change, the Fund invests in sustainable and meaningful programs that motivate patients, encourage healing, and build a community of support.

Tenpenny has been an active ambassador for Band Against Cancer, Sarah Cannon’s music-based initiative that unites communities in the fight against cancer, making this partnership the natural evolution to further connect people facing cancer with the resources they need.  

To learn more about the partnership, visit