Breast cancer center gets funds from grassroots group |

Breast cancer center gets funds from grassroots group

Daily Staff Writer
Special to the Daily Photo Caption: Members of the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group join Vail Valley Medical Center officials and Shaw Regional Cancer Center physicians following the 10th Annual Celebration of Life Luncheon. The group pledged $75,000 to the construction of a breast cancer center that will be open to patients in early 2005.

The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group – a grassroots organization that has raised funds since 1993 to benefit local women battling breast cancer – has committed $75,000 to the construction of a dedicated breast center in Edwards. The planned facility will be part of the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.The announcement of the donation came during the Celebration of Life Luncheon, the Breast Cancer Awareness Group’s annual fund-raiser. The luncheon is in its 10th year, and more than 200 men and women were in attendance at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa.

A check for $50,000 was presented to Vail Valley Medical Center officials at the luncheon and the Breast Cancer Awareness Group will follow up each year for the next five years with a $5,000 check.”It is because of the long-standing generous support of this community that we are able to make this commitment,” Breast Cancer Awareness Group spokeswoman Kristin Kenney Williams said. “The evolution of medical offerings right here in the Vail Valley is nothing short of amazing. “The fact that we will soon be able to offer an inviting and pleasant facility solely to treat breast cancer patients, as well as provide the necessary examinations and procedures that can detect illness at an early stage, should give us all a sense of pride and hope.”Construction of the $400,000 Sonnenalp Breast & Diagnostic Imaging Center is expected to get under way this fall and the facility should be open to patients in early 2005, Williams said. Other contributors include Mrs. Mary Louise Shaw and the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation.

“This generous contribution by will help us construct a women’s centered clinic totally devoted to the early detection and treatment of breast cancer,” said Sarah Moody, senior vice president of the Vail Valley Medical Center.The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group was co-founded in 1993 by part-time Vail resident and breast cancer survivor Brenda Himelfarb, and by Edwards resident and boutique owner Patti Weinstein, whose mother-in-law died of breast cancer.The group attempts to raise funds to ease the financial and emotional burdens endured by women in Eagle County who are battling breast cancer.

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