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Successful event

Many thanks to the Eagle River Fire Protection District for hosting "Eat, Drink & Be Manly" to benefit Shaw Regional Cancer Center. We are so grateful to the men and women of the Fire District—not only do they serve and protect our community, but they go above and beyond to support their local cancer center.

Thanks also to Vail Brewing Company for hosting the event; Rocky Mountain Taco, who donated a portion of their sales to Shaw; and to everyone who attended in support. Funds raised will benefit Shaw's new Patient Assistance Fund, which provides coverage to Shaw patients for costs associated with their cancer treatments. The fund could cover anything from new eye glasses if a patient's eyes are deteriorating due to treatment or wigs for patients who lose their hair. These types of expenses are often unexpected and not covered by insurance, but can make a tremendous difference to patients as they work through their treatment and healing process.

Finally, thank you to the judges of the mustache contest—Shaw's Medical Director of Oncology Dr. Alec Urquhart, Shaw Oncologist Dr. Michael Glode and Vice President of Shaw Cancer Center Stacy Toyama. Dr. Urquhart and Dr. Glode actually grew mustaches for the event, and even some women wore stick-on mustaches in the spirit of prostate cancer awareness.

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating, but thanks to the incredible staff and resources at Shaw Regional Cancer Center and the support of our thoughtful community, Shaw patients are surviving and thriving.

Doris Kirchner

President and CEO, Vail Valley Medical Center