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A woman in the United States has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. Women in the Vail Valley are not immune to this statistic. The good news is that through self-breast examinations, annual physician check-ups and screening mammograms, breast cancer can be detected at an early and treatable stage.
The fundraising efforts of the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group (VBCAG) are to help residents in Eagle County who are in need of financial assistance while going through breast cancer treatment. We find that the costs for breast cancer treatment often exceed insurance coverage and many local women have no insurance at all. Our funding also assists emergency situations relating to breast cancer that include a need for food, a babysitter or additional treatments that may require the patient to travel long distances.
Everyone diagnosed with breast cancer receives a Shine On Bag, filled with a bathrobe and many other “feel good” gifts and a check from the VBCAG in the amount of $500 – our Day to Play™ program – to help relieve the stress of treatment. The funds can be used to offset medical expenses or a relaxing indulgence like a day at the spa. We also present $50 to each child whose parent is undergoing treatment.
Over the past 24 years, the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group – all volunteers - has raised more than $1 million because of the generosity of the Eagle County community. Over 450 women have received a Day to Play - and over 40 women have each received more than $2,000 in assistance.
Our donations to the Sonnenalp Breast & Diagnostic Imaging Center at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center includes funds for the purchase of various diagnostic equipment including a PET scanner, a stereotactic table for its radiation department, a 3D tomography machine and a GE Whole Breast Automated Ultra Sound System. Additional donations have supported the cancer caring house, “Jack’s Place,” a GAP Fund for those who need additional diagnostic tests not covered by insurance and reflective technology used to mark tumors in the breast before surgery is performed.
The Celebration of Life Luncheon™ and silent auction began in July of 1994 and is the group’s signature event. Many insightful guest speakers – including Elizabeth Edwards, Linda Ellerbee, Susan Ford Bayles, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Lee Woodruff, Robin Roberts and Dr. Susan Love, to name a few, have shared their heartfelt speeches, tears, laughter and knowledge of breast cancer with our audience.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
VCBAG BOARD MEMBERS
- Ruth Borne
- Joyce Bradley
- Heidi Bricklin
- Mark Bricklin
- Lori Brown
- Nicole Denton
- Jessica Denton
- Deb Douglas
- Tracy Gillette
- Frances Karsh
- Tricia Swenson