Swig’s ‘Save the Cups’ raises $300K in two years

Feb 15, 2022, 10:52 PM | Updated: Jun 13, 2022, 4:33 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Nicole Tanner’s life hasn’t always been as sweet as the cookies and sodas you find at her beverage chain, Swig. She battled a rare breast cancer in 2007.

“Your life completely changes,” Tanner said about her battle with cancer.

It is what led her to begin a campaign at Swig locations in October 2020. “Save the Cups” was organized to give women help with medical bills.

“I didn’t think I would ever have this story,” said Karli Hanks of Herriman.

It’s a club no one wants to join.

“Just had a double mastectomy,” said Marlo Hodge of Lehi.

Hanks and Hodge became members in the last twelve months.

“Life just comes to a halt, and you don’t have time for life to come to a halt,” Hanks said.

“Like Karli, I am just a mom of three kids. And taking care of your family and everyone else, I think we as women put ourselves last on the list of everything,” Hodge said.

A fellow member of the club is Swig Founder Nicole Tanner.

“We have helped 21 women,” Tanner said.

She launched “Save the Cups” to raise money for women battling breast cancer.

“The last thing on your list or mind is how am I going to pay for this,” Tanner said.

“I feel even worse because I am not even helping pay my own bills for things that have to be done for me,” Hodge said.

In January, Hodge got some relief.

“My husband said, ‘They’re coming for an in-home interview. You’ll need to put on a bra,'” Hodge said.

The husbands were in on the surprise.

The Swig campaign has helped relieve $300,000 of medical bills for women in Utah.

For the women who were dragged into this club, they have now found comfort in the sisterhood that they have gained.

“I get emotional thinking about it because we take that load off them,” Tanner said.

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Swig’s ‘Save the Cups’ raises $300K in two years