‘It’s a blessing:’ Tumbleweeds hosts BOGO enchilada campaign benefitting Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Chicken, beef, pork, or cheese?

That’s the main question from Keith Moon, the owner of Tumbleweeds Mexican Flair in Richland.

Starting this week, the restaurant is hosting its “Buy One Give One” Take n Bake enchilada campaign as part of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation’s (TCCCF) Dine Out Program.

According to TCCCF’s executive director, Elizabeth McLaughlin, the program launched right after COVID-19 hit to provide patients and their families with a hot pre-cooked meal on a weekly basis.

“They look forward to that meal day because they knew they don’t have to go home and cook that day after maybe going through chemo or radiation,” McLaughlin said. “Just feeding someone a meal makes a difference.”

Since the launch, TCCCF has served almost 10,000 meals to cancer patients in the community like West Richland resident Melissa Collins.

“I have a very rare cancer. It’s called neuroendocrine neoplasia carcinoma cancer,” Collins said. “I am stage four and I’ve been in treatment for ten years. Traditional chemo and radiation will not help at all.”

For Collins and her family of four, receiving the meals after treatment is a blessing.

“We just take it home and put it in the oven, cook it up,” Collins said. “Tri-Cities has some of the most amazing cancer support systems available. Anything helps even if it’s a meal.”

The two enchilada pans cost $40 total and you have the option to take one home and gift the other or donate both.

Moon said they launched Monday and since then have sold about 25 pans out of 100, or 25% of their goal.

“There’s also an option to give more. If you just want to put money toward the goal then we’re converting the money to pans until we reach our goal,” Moon said. “If we happen to sell more than 100 pans, then we’ll be taking all of the enchiladas for free along with a check for the difference.”

The Tri-Cities campaign runs until August 10. You can purchase the pans directly on Tumbleweed’s website here.

“Just to have that continued support and then to be able to give that to our patients… it makes our patients really feel like no one in our community is going to fight cancer alone,” McLaughlin said.