The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group
It’s a fact: one in every eight American women will face breast cancer.
Although the reality of a life-threatening disease is something many women prefer to ignore, the age-old mantra “It won’t happen to me” is not a proactive stand. The chances are we all know ” or will know ” someone who faces this disease.
The good news, however, is that breast cancer can be detected at an early and treatable stage through self-examinations, annual check-ups and screening mammograms.
The 10th annual Celebration of Life Luncheon was held recently at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. The event raises money for the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group, which aims is to ease the financial and emotional burdens endured by women in Eagle County who have breast cancer.
Breast cancer treatments often exceed insurance coverage and many local women have no insurance coverage at all. The Breast Cancer Awareness Group has funds available for emergency situations, including the need for food, gas or even a baby sitter.
Funds are also available for alternative treatments that may require a breast cancer patient to travel long distances and stay in hotels. Since its inception, the Breast Cancer Awareness Group has served over 120 women and given out more than $60,000.
“I’m so very proud to be a board member of the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group,” said Kathy Spangler. “We credit the success of the 10th annual Celebration of Life Luncheon to the tremendous support from the community.”
Beaver Creek Resort Company is the chief sponsor of the event.
One trademark of the Breast Cancer Awareness Group is their “Day to Play” program. Patients receive a check for $500 once a year to help relieve them of the stress of cancer treatments. They can use the funds however they like, whether it be for a day at the spa, an evening at the theater or even throwing a party.
Dr. Stephen Jones, a Vail Valley resident since 1985, was the keynote speaker for the luncheon.
A partner in Texas Oncology and director of Breast Cancer Research at the Baylor-Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas, Jones gave a detailed lecture on clinical studies taking place to fight breast cancer, as well as how current treatments are faring.
Spangler summed up the day. “This is a joy-filled and emotional event each year. It reminds us of those precious friends we’ve lost to this horrible disease,” she said. “But thankfully, we are also surrounded by many who have fought and won this battle.”
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