Samantha Harris announced as key speaker

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Samantha Harris announces her role on Entertainment Tonight as the featured speaker at the 22nd Celebration of Life Luncheon held on Wednesday, July 13th at the Vail Marriott.  Please email or call 970.479.8595 for more information.

CO Gives Day is Coming!


Support the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group on Colorado Gives Day!

Colorado’s largest one-day online giving event, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, is coming up and we need your support.

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, thousands of donors will come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours. Last year, a record-breaking $26.2 million was raised for Colorado nonprofits, $772,541 of that was raised for nonprofits right here in Eagle County.

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Give where you live, give where you play on Colorado Gives Day. Your support helps us continue to provide financial and emotional assistance to those diagnosed with breast cancer in the vail valley. Beginning today, donations can be scheduled ahead of time. Thank you as always for the support in this beautiful community.

Acupuncture Relieves AI-Related Aches

acupunctureOncology Times 9/10/15

VIENNA—Acupuncture treatments appear to relieve the common
musculoskeletal discomfort experienced by women taking aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to reduce the risk of recurrent breast cancer, researchers reported in a small, single-arm study.

Giovanni Giardina, MD, Senior Assistant in Oncology at Ospedale diCircolo e Fondazione Macchi reported that a study of Italian women with self-reported musculoskeletal pain, who were treated with acupuncture techniques, reported improvement in pain and quality of life on validated assessment instruments.

He and his coauthors enrolled 17 women in the study, and reported on outcomes for 16, all of whom were experiencing musculoskeletal pain as a result of long-term therapy with aromatase inhibitors. The women ranged in age from 49 to 78, with a median of 62.

“All patients had a significant improvement of musculoskeletal aromatase inhibitor-related pain,” Giardina reported, “and our study suggests that acupuncture may be a promising modality for relieving aromatase inhibitor-related musculoskeletal side effects.

Warning that Hormone Replacement Therapy Nullifies Benefits of Exercise in Breast Cancer Risk-Reduction




CHICAGO–Physical activity is known to reduce the risk of breast cancer–but all the benefit of that activity appears to be negated by taking hormone replacement therapy. That is the conclusion of a meta-analysis reported here at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting (Abstract 1561).


“If you are a runner you should not take hormone replacement therapy because the hormones appear to wipe out the benefit as far as prevention of breast cancer is concerned,” Cécile Pizot, MS, a biostatistician at the International Prevention Research Institute in France, said in an interview at her poster study.


“A lower risk of breast cancer among physically active women has been frequently reported, but the risk in women using hormone replacement therapy appears to be higher.”


Asked for her perspective, Stephanie Bernik, MD, Chief of Surgical Oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said: “Although it has been known that physical activity could reduce the risk of breast cancer and that hormone replacement could increase the risk of the disease, it is interesting that this meta-analysis showed that hormone replacement could actually negate the positive effects of exercise.


“Women who exercise often want to do what they can to feel young and stay healthy,” she continued. “Although we have known the negative effects of hormone therapy, doctors now have persuasive evidence that the negative effects of hormone replacement therapy override the positive effect of physical activity. Women should be encouraged to do what they can to live healthy lifestyles, with the understanding that it is difficult to justify the use of hormone replacement therapy as part of that equation.”

Memory problems may be linked to “Cancer” Brain, not “Chemo Brain.”

Memory problems and cognitive impairment in women with breast

cancer have traditionally been blamed on “chemo brain,” but a new

study shows that there may be problems even before patients start

on chemotherapy and suggests that cognitive problems may be

linked to cytokines released by the cancer.

The study was published online June 22 in the Journal of the National

Cancer Institute.

The study is the first to describe a relationship between cytokines and

patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer who have not yet

received any cancer treatment.

“Cognitive dysfunction in breast cancer patients has traditionally been

attributed to the effects of chemotherapy (‘chemo brain’). However,

our findings indicate that it is present even prior to any cancer

treatment,” commented first author Sunita Patel, PhD, a clinical

neuropsychologist at City of Hope Medical Center, in Duarte,


In general, “chemo brain” refers to the side effects of chemotherapy,

whereas “cancer brain” includes cognitive problems related to many

factors involved in cancer, including stress, she explained.

“It may be helpful for patients who are fearful about cognitive side

effects of chemotherapy to know that new research suggests non-

treatment-related factors play a role,” Dr Patel added.


Dietary Intervention May Prime Triple-Negative Breast Cancer for Targeted Therapy

fruits and veggies

By The ASCO Post
Posted: 7/17/2015

Methionine is abundant in meat, fish, some legumes, and nuts but low in fruits

and vegetables.

A low-methionine diet that starves triple-negative breast cancer cells of an

essential nutrient primes the cancer cells to be more easily killed by a targeted

antibody treatment, according to a study published in Clinical Cancer Research.

The study’s senior author, Vincent Cryns, MD, Professor of Medicine at the

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, said the study lays

the foundation for a clinical trial to see whether a low-methionine diet will help

improve outcomes in women with triple-negative breast cancer.

Patients with triple-negative breast cancer have limited treatment options

because their tumor cells lack the three receptors—estrogen, progesterone, and

human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)—commonly targeted in

hormone or chemotherapy.

Scientists have known for decades that methionine deficiency can block the

growth of many types of cancer, but the underlying mechanisms have puzzled


“We’ve shown that removing methionine can have a specific effect on a

molecular pathway that regulates cell death to increase the vulnerability of

cancer cells to treatments that target this pathway,” Dr. Cryns said. “What’s

particularly exciting about our findings is that they suggest that a dietary

intervention can increase the effectiveness of a targeted cancer therapy.”

“Pink” Painting Available for Purchase

This painting is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.  Her name is Pink (the essence of femininity).  She is radiantly aware of her joyful grace, health, and beauty.  Her gift is her everlasting presence with your donation of $3,600 to The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group.  

Keep her in Bloom!

Thank You,


Dimenstions: 30×30

Cost: $3600

Contact: Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group or 970.479.8595

Thank you for making our 20th annual Celebration of Life Luncheon a success!

THANK YOU to our wonderful community and everyone that has supported us over the last 20 years. Our 20th annual Celebration of Life Luncheon was a huge success and we couldn’t have done it without you! We appreciate you more than you know <3

A special thanks to our wonderful sponsors, some of whom have been with us since the beginning.


Vail Valley Medical Center/Shaw Regional Cancer Center


Mikki Futernick


Amanda McHugh

Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty

Brenda McHugh

Elaine Kelton


The Arrabelle Club

Lisa Brill

Deborah Courtney

Diversified Radiology

East West Partners/East West Resorts


Tracy Gillette

The Golden Bear

RA Nelson

Slifer Smith & Frampton

The Vail Daily

US Bank

Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa

Vail Resorts

Patti Weinstein

One week left to secure your ticket for the Celebration of Life Luncheon with Silent Auction!

Our 20th annual Celebration of Life Luncheon featuring Joy Behar is only 8 days away and we have some amazing silent auction items!  To purchase tickets at $125 per person, email or call 970.479.8595.  To make pre-bids on these beautiful Silent Auction paintings please contact Joyce at


Painting 1

20×20 Watery Aspens

Retails for $2,000

Painting 2

18×18 Gold Leaf Fall

Retails for $1,700.

Come join our 20th Annual Celebration of Life Luncheon!


20th Annual Celebration of Life Luncheon

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Vail Marriott 11:30am-2:00pm

Joy Behar, a leading woman on both stage and screen, and a member of the

cast of “The View” for 16 years – for which she won an Emmy – will be the

featured speaker at the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group’s (VBCAG) 20th

Anniversary Celebration of Life luncheon. The annual event will be held on

Tuesday, July 15, at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa.

Armed with a master’s degree in English education, Behar originally began a

career in teaching before pursuing comedy professionally. Whether performing

standup comedy or interviewing politicians and artists, she is a leading woman

on both stage and screen. She hosted “The Joy Behar Show” on HLN and “Say

Anything” on Current TV.

Behar has received numerous honors, including TV Guide’s “Personality of the

Year,” and the Gracie Allen Tribute Award from the Foundation of American

Women in Radio and Television.

“Once again, the entire Vail community will welcome a tremendous advocate

for women’s well-being,” said Kristin Kenney Williams, president of the VBCAG.

“Joy Behar is the perfect guest speaker to enlighten us, make us laugh, make

us cry, make us laugh louder, and inspire us, as we celebrate together so many

incredible accomplishments in raising awareness around the importance of early


For Patti Weinstein and Brenda Himelfarb, who co-founded the VBCAG, its 20th

anniversary is time for reflection. “Patti and I are so grateful to the VBCAG board

members who, for the past 20 years, have given so much to making our dream of

supporting breast cancer awareness in Eagle County come true. I still remember

our first meeting in my apartment and the enthusiasm that filled the room.”

”None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our

incredible, unselfish community,” adds Weinstein. “From the beginning, it has

been the generosity of the community – both individuals and businesses – that

has allowed us to help hundreds of women who have been diagnosed with

breast cancer and, as well, to support the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in

advancing its treatment of breast cancer patients.”

The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group began in 1993. In addition to

Himelfarb, Weinstein and Williams, board members include Lynda Gustafson,

Tracy Gillette, Mary McDougall, Brielle Stockton, Kathy Spangler, Pollyanna

Forster, Joyce Bradley and Nicole Denton. Since its inception, the VBCAG has

raised over $1 million.

For sponsor opportunities, reservations or more information, please call 970-479-8595 or email