Vail Daily letter: Thanks for Pink Vail |

Vail Daily letter: Thanks for Pink Vail

Thanks for Pink Vail

Thanks to our community’s unwavering support of Pink Vail, every current and future patient treated at Shaw Cancer Center has access to complimentary exercise training, nutrition coaching, emotional support, outdoor adventures, a nurse navigator, massages, integrative treatments and much more.

Our radiation oncologist, Dr. Patti Hardenbergh, pioneered our Fit for Survival program during the early days of Shaw over 10 years ago. The research she and her team did proved that programs addressing the body and spirit significantly improved the quality of life for the majority of our patients. More recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Society of Clinical Oncology have demonstrated that diet and exercise have a direct impact on reducing cancer recurrence and improving survival from cancer. Funds raised at Pink Vail have allowed us to expand our programming into the Spirit of Survival, offering more and more services to every patient who comes through our doors, at no cost.

Many thanks to everyone involved in making Pink Vail 2017 an incredible success. From school children hosting bake sales, to local businesses getting involved, to events hosted by our top fund-raisers, the community came together once again to help support our friends and neighbors during their cancer journeys. Just as impressive, over 350 volunteers donated their time and talent on our way to raising over $795,000 to fund our Spirit of Survival program for another year.

When the team at Vail Valley Medical Center first envisioned Pink Vail six years ago, we never imagined it would grow to become such a heart-warming reunion of good people uniting to fight cancer. Since 2012, $3.2 million has been raised for patient care and survivorship programs for all patients at Shaw Cancer Center, and that is something our entire community should be proud of.

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Special thanks to our committed partners at Vail Mountain, Helly Hansen, town of Vail, Vail Valley Surgery Center, Supergoop!, Diversified Radiology, US Bank, Larkburger, Noosa, Bogs, Ford, Slifer Smith & Frampton, Head Skis, Encore Electric, KZYR, Mountain Beverage, KidSport, FirstBank and lululemon.

Pink Vail takes place on one special spring day each year, but the dollars raised benefit cancer patients at Shaw all year. From all of us at Vail Valley Medical Center and Shaw Cancer Center, thank you.


Doris Kirchner                                                                   

President and CEO, Vail Valley Medical Center

Mazzuca column off the mark

Butch Mazzuca’s recent Valley Voices column on illegal immigration was way off the mark. If he had done some research, then he would have discovered that both the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and the Avon Police Department firmly believe that their active involvement in enforcing federal immigration rules would be counterproductive to their primary task to keep our county and towns safe. This is not “anecdotal evidence,” this is a fact.

Even though Eagle County and the town of Avon have unanimously voted for resolutions supporting all of the residents of the county and town ­regardless of immigration status, there is still a heightened anxiety level among our immigrant population as a result of the disgusting characterization of immigrants by our current administration. The great majority of undocumented immigrants in our county have been here many years, and many of them have American children. They are responsible for building much of this valley, as well as operating it. And, by the way, Mazzuca, are you prepared to apply the law to the great majority of business owners here in the valley who have broken the law by hiring undocumented workers? Because most, if not all, are guilty.

These hard-working, law-abiding people are critical to our valley, our state, and country. Most have been here many years now, doing work Americans will not do. Most have American children. It is time to recognize these facts and provide legal status to them. As we do this, I am in favor of tightening our border controls and establishing effective hiring practices that will demotivate foreigners from crossing the border illegally looking for work. At the same time, we should establish a substantial, temporary worker visa program that will provide the workers that our agricultural, construction and other industries need to operate today and in the future.

Like it or not, Mazzuca, you live in a county and a state, by the way, that are sanctuaries for all law-abiding residents. Our locally-elected officials and public safety officers understand the need for this, and, in their wisdom, have made the county a better place for all.

Steven C. Coyer


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