Inspired to save the lives of fellow Coachella Valley cancer patients, BIGHORN Behind A Miracle (BAM) was founded in 2007 by Selby Dunham, a cancer survivor.

After five months of chemotherapy, a mastectomy with lymph node removal and 33 radiation treatments, Selby experienced firsthand the challenges of fighting cancer. She started raising funds with a golf tournament at BIGHORN Golf Club. The following year, Selby realized they had something special with the support of BIGHORN members and that’s when BIGHORN BAM came to fruition. With the goal of providing compassion, love, and support for those who are fighting cancer in the Coachella Valley, their assistance has helped over 100,000 people.

BAM has contributed millions of dollars to Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center giving patients their best chance at beating cancer and significantly evolving the desert’s medical care as a whole. Each year, the organization touches families, improves care, eases financial and transportation burdens, alters outcomes, saves lives, and brightens the future of cancer patients valley-wide. This year’s donation supported a Koning’s 3D KBCT diagnostic breast imaging device, Supersonic Breast Ultrasound Machine and BIGHORN BAM Transit Van service providing round-trip rides to cancer patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Additionally, The Pendleton Foundation – whose purpose is to relieve some of the financial burdens for cancer patients including helping with rent, utilities or grocery cards – can help hundreds of patients with the funds that they receive from BAM and the need for support of continues to grow year after year.

In 2019, BAM added the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Desert Regional Medical Center to its list of recipients. The funds help provide transportation support and lodging for the Hanson House.