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Celebration of Life luncheon set for July 18 in Bachelor Gulch

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Vail CO, Colorado
Special to DailyDr. Susan M. Love is the keynote speaker for the annual Celebration of Life luncheon, set for July 18. Tickets for the event are on sale now.

BEAVER CREEK ” The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group (VBCAG) has invited Dr. Susan M. Love, a pioneer of breast cancer advocacy, to serve as the guest speaker for this year’s 14th annual Celebration of Life Luncheon, set for July 18 at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. The day’s events will begin with a silent auction at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon and Love’s presentation. The cost is $100 per person.

“In 14 years, this year we received more sponsor dollars than ever for the Celebration of Life luncheon,” said VBCAG board member Kristin Kenney Williams. “This is proof that our community is committed to the cause, and the fact that almost every single one of us has been touched by breast cancer at some point in our lives. We all want to make a difference and help raise awareness about the importance of early detection.”

Love is well known for her life passion: to eradicate breast cancer within our lifetime via the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.

“Now that we can get to where breast cancer starts we have the opportunity to eradicate it,” Love said. “I am excited and impatient. The road is clear. We can go slowly or quickly, but everyday that we delay another 592 women will be diagnosed and 110 will die. The cost is too high to hesitate. This is our job not our daughters, granddaughters, nieces or nephews. We can do it and we have to do it!”

Love has always been a pioneer and entrepreneur. She is known worldwide as one of the founding mothers of the breast cancer advocacy movement and sits on the boards of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Y-ME and the Young Survival Coalition. She started the first all-women Breast Center in Boston, then went on to develop the model for multidisciplinary breast care at the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center. After inventing the intraductal catheter at UCLA she recognized that she could develop it further in the for-profit arena and started ProoDuct Health Inc (later acquired by Cytyc Corporation). She is currently the president and medical director of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, and founder and medical director of Windy Hill Medical, a breast cancer prevention company.

Always focused on keeping women educated about their options, Love authored “Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book,” termed “the bible for women with breast cancer,” by the New York Times. “Dr. Susan Love’s Menopause and Hormone Book,” first published in 1998, was one of the first to sound the alarm about the widespread use of postmenopausal hormones. The second edition was released in January 2003. A frequent spokesperson in the media she founded LLuminari, a multimedia women’s health information company whose experts are termed “Oprah’s doctors” in O magazine.

Love received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York, did her surgical training at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. She has retired from the active practice of surgery to dedicate herself to the urgent work of breast cancer prevention.

“We are so privileged to have Dr. Love visit the Vail Valley and offer her experience and expertise to the hundreds of women and men who attend our luncheon event,” said VBCAG board president Brenda Himelfarb. “She’s not only extremely knowledgeable, but she is amazing at delivering levity to a very serious and thoughtful presentation.”

Another exciting luncheon element is the pink helmet campaign. Currently Vail firefighter Ryan Sutter and Capt. James “Cooter” Overcash are donning a pink helmet to raise funds for the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group. The pink helmet is an authentic leather helmet, painted pink by the Town of Vail’s Melvin Valdez, master auto body technician. The helmet will be awarded to the highest bidder during a live auction at the July 18 luncheon. In addition, the winner will also be treated to lunch in Beaver Creek with Ryan and Trista Sutter who met and subsequently married on the TV show, The Bachelorette.

The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group was co-founded in 1993 by Eagle-Vail resident and breast cancer survivor Brenda Himelfarb, and by Edwards resident Patti Weinstein, owner of Roxy boutique clothing stores in Denver, Vail and Beaver Creek, whose mother-in-law lost her battle with breast cancer. The group, which in addition to board members Weinstein, Himelfarb and Williams include, Lynda Gustafson, Kathy Spangler, Pollyanna Forster and Joyce Bradley, strives to ease the financial an emotional burdens endured by those women in Eagle County who are battling breast cancer through fund raising efforts and emergency financial assistance. The VBCAG has raised nearly $500,000 since its inception.

For more information or tickets, call 970-479-8595.

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