Vail Daily letter: Generous support

The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group has graciously supported Vail Valley Medical Center for 22 years, and their signature event, The Celebration of Life Luncheon, has raised significant funds for the women of Eagle County who are battling breast cancer. Our Sonnenalp Breast Center and Jack’s Place have directly benefited from the group’s fundraising efforts, and thanks to the generous dollars they’ve donated, we’ve been able to purchase new equipment for the Breast Center and offer lodging at Jack’s Place on a pay-what-you-can basis to patients undergoing treatment at Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

This year’s Celebration of Life Luncheon was a big success, raising $75,000 with a portion of the net proceeds benefiting Sonnenalp Breast Center and Jack’s Place. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this event possible! Special thanks to the group’s board of directors, co-founder Brenda Himelfarb, Joyce Bradley, Heidi Bricklin, Nicole Denton, Jessica Denton, Tracy McCoy Gillette, Linda Lund, Lori Brown, Frances Karsh, Eric Burgund and member-at-large Mark Bricklin.

This year’s luncheon speaker, Samantha Harris, shared her personal story and the impetus behind her website, Gotta Make Lemonade, whose mission is to “inspire positivity in the face of adversity.” What a wonderful resource for anyone facing life’s challenges.

Breast cancer is a difficult diagnosis to receive, but with organizations like the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group, local resources like Shaw Regional Cancer Center and Jack’s Place, and community members who support us in our efforts, we can help local women survive and thrive.

Doris Kirchner

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President and CEO, Vail Valley Medical Center

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