Human Bean coffee shops raise money for cancer patients at local hospitals

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A local coffee shop donated more than $54,500 to UCHealth and Banner Health systems this month to help cancer patients.

Human Bean presented checks to UCHealth and Banner of roughly $27,200 each from its annual Coffee for a Cure fundraiser. The event, held each Friday in October, was modified to accommodate COVID-19 safety protocols.

All 10 Human Bean stores — located across Northern Colorado, including Greeley, Loveland, Windsor and Fort Collins — sold custom pink packs that featured coupons for free drinks and other gifts. One hundred percent of all proceeds went toward the fundraiser. Individuals could also donate directly to the fundraiser.

During the weekly events, Human Bean locations hosted doctors, nurses and other “connected individuals” to serve as guest baristas. Customers could ask them about the program, how the money is used and share stories about cancer patients and survivors.

Money raised is split between both health systems and provides financial assistance for those facing barriers due to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The funding is not limited to breast cancer, despite the event being held in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the medical foundations can allocate money to any UCHealth or Banner cancer patients.

“It provides financial relief to cancer patients for real life needs while they are being treated for a deadly disease,” Human Bean owner Frank Sherman said in a press release. “The generous support from our community is humbling for me. The fact that we contribute 100% of all sales each year is our commitment to those patients.”

The Human Bean began the fundraiser in 2005. It has grown each year and raised more than $400,000 to local patients since its inception.