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Vail Daily letter: Grateful for support

Many thanks to Eagle and Summit counties for raising awareness and funds during Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Our Pinktober photo contest was a huge hit, with over 100 entries that captured the essence of hope and inspiration, plus a little pink. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who entered the contest; Maximum Comfort Pool & Spa for donating a pink hot tub to the first place winner; our photo contest judges, Matt Jones from Maximum Comfort Pool & Spa, Trish Donovan from the Town of Vail Art in Public Places Board and Shaw’s new Vice President Stacy Toyama.

Thanks also to the following local businesses for offering spa, yoga and dining specials to raise awareness and funds: Maya, Spa Anjali, Athletic Club at The Westin, Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt and Dogma Athletica. Special thanks to The Dusty Boot in Eagle for hosting the seventh annual Pinktoberfest, WECMRD’s Eagle Ice Rink for hosting Pink in the Rink, and the Eagle River Fire District for wearing and selling pink shirts. We’re grateful for everyone’s continued support!

Finally, thanks to one group’s efforts that especially warmed my heart — the Eagle Valley High School Powder Puff girls football team, who raised $600 for Shaw. It’s inspiring to see young women getting involved in their community and raising awareness for a worthy cause.

About one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Thankfully, we have the resources right here in Eagle County to diagnose breast cancer at our Sonnenalp Breast Center and treat it at our Shaw Regional Cancer Center. Annual mammography, beginning at the age of 40, is essential to the early detection of breast cancer, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to remind women of the importance of breast health and encourage them to schedule their mammogram.

Doris Kirchner

President and CEO, Vail Valley Medical Center