Focus – Early Detection, Education & Prevention |

Focus – Early Detection, Education & Prevention

The 10th Annual Snowshoe Shuffle, April 5, 2003, will again raise funds for cancer prevention, education and early detection programs. 100% of the Shuffle and Community Dinner net proceeds are invested in the aforementioned programs, as directed by the Women’s Cancer Coalition (WCC), operating under the auspices of Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation – a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization under IRS regulations. The Women’s Cancer Coalition consists of a group of dedicated individuals specifically committed to fundraising through special events and/ or programs, benefiting women’s cancer awareness in the mountain communities of Eagle, Summit and Lake Counties.All proceeds from the WCC sponsored events and programs are directed toward medical initiatives for the purpose of patient services, education, and particular projects, as recommended by the WCC and approved by Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation.Past allocation of funds have included a $70,000 contribution for educational materials directed at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, as well as free or low cost health screenings, wellness seminars, and free detection exams for women.The Shaw Regional Cancer CenterEach and every day, 365 days a year, more than one new case of cancer is diagnosed in residents of Eagle, Summit, Lake, Routt, Pitkin and Garfield counties. Until now, being diagnosed with cancer not only meant having a life-threatening disease, it also meant seeking treatment over 100 miles away from home, or even relocating to battle the illness. The opening of Harold W. and Mary Louise Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards, Colorado offers new, state-of-the-art healthcare options in Colorado’s resort region.The Shaw Regional Cancer Center, a primary recipient of the Women’s Cancer Coalition’s designated funds, provides a multitude of services, including:Full Medical and Radiation Oncology servicesA multimedia Educational Resource Library for cancer patients and healthcare providersMultidisciplinary approach to clinical treatmentsA therapeutic environment, psychosocial rehabilitation and patient/ family counselingA Tumor Board to offer a multidisciplinary clinical approach to patient careTumor Registry for the review of the tumor incidence and epidemiological dataCommunity Outreach Programs, cancer screenings and educational seminarsProstate Cancer Therapy Program – using Brachytherapy treatmentSonnenalp Breast Diagnostic Imaging Center – featuring a digital mammography unit and stereotactic biopsy machine

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