Tuttle, formerly of Syracuse and now of Indianapolis, and Lemon, Warsaw, began their volunteer efforts in the county to raise funds for cancer. They first helped the American Cancer Society – from 1986 to 1999 – which raised over $1.5 million. Then, feeling a need to help those at home suffering financial burdens while fighting the disease, they started assisting the KCCCF and helped raise an additional $1.6 million through 2011 and distributing $1.5 million to Kosciusko County residents.
Tuttle spoke of how the organization was formed, those involved, and the learning of how to raise funds. He left the committee a multiple page guide he used to raise the funds during the early onset of the fundraising.
Lemon fashioned the volunteers as a team, Team Hope, a group with no leader, no playing field, just use of time, talent and funds to raise money needed. She also recalled the three renown sportscasters who participated in fundraising events: Chris Schenkel, Hilliard Gates and Bill Fowler, all of whom died from cancer.