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Thinking about cancer in Vail Valley

Claudia Curry
Vail, Co, Colorado

Wednesday was World Cancer Day, making it the perfect time to thank President Obama for his commitment to the fight against breast cancer.

In the fall, through our “I Vote for the Cure” campaign, we asked the presidential candidates to share their plans to make cancer a priority in their administrations. Over 100,000 activists across the state signed our “I Vote for the Cure” petition. President Obama answered that call and shared his plan for improving health care and fighting cancer.

His plan includes elements crucial to discovering and delivering the cures, such as doubling funding for cancer research over the next five years, expanding early detection services, and closing the gaps in access to treatment for disadvantaged women.

You know the statistics. One out of eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. More than 40,000 women died of the disease just last year alone.

But you also know that the fight against cancer is about more than just staggering statistics. It’s about our mothers and grandmothers, our daughters, our sisters and our friends.

Komen Aspen will award almost $400,000 in grants to its tri-county service area this year. We help local women without insurance receive free mammograms, among other services, in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties. Early detection is the key to survival.

Statewide, the four Komen Colorado Affiliates invested almost $5.5 million in local programs that provided early detection and treatment of breast cancer and breast health education and outreach.

We raise these funds and create awareness of our mission through grass-roots campaigns like “I Vote for the Cure” petition, and at our annual events. Registration is now open for the Komen Aspen Race for the Cure on July 18 at Rio Grande Park, and the Komen Aspen/Snowmass Ride for the Cure on Aug. 22 at Snowmass Village Recreation Center.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Together, we will end breast cancer forever.

Claudia Curry

Hill Executive Director, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Aspen

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