The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group fundraising efforts support all those in Eagle County — men and women — who are diagnosed with the disease. We help with all who are in need of financial assistance while going through treatment that often exceeds insurance coverage — and many have no insurance at all. Our funding also assists emergency situations relating to breast cancer such as a need for food, a babysitter or additional treatments that may require the patient to travel long distances.
Everyone diagnosed with breast cancer receives a check from the VBCAG in the amount of $500 — our Day to Play™ program — to help relieve the stress of treatment. The funds can be used to offset medical expenses or for a relaxing indulgence like a day at the spa. A Pink Lemonade Bubble Gum Day to Play program provides $50 to each child whose parent is undergoing treatment. And all those diagnosed at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center receive a “Shine On” bag, filled with gifts to help brighten their days. Over the past 22 years, the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group — 10 volunteers — has raised more than $1 million due to the generosity of the Eagle County community. Almost all women have received a Day to Play; over 40 women have each received more than $2,000 in assistance.
Other donations include $75,000 to the Sonnenalp Breast & Diagnostic Imaging Center at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, $50,000 to the Cancer Caring House, “Jack’s Place,” $50,000 for the purchase of a PET Scanner and another $50,000 towards the purchase of a stereotactic table. We established the Gap Fund, providing $50,000 to those who need assistance due to additional diagnostic tests that not covered by insurance, and another $50,000 to the Sonnenalp Breast Diagnostic Imaging Center’s 3D tomography machine. In 2014 we contributed an additional $25,000 to the Gap Fund and in 2015, we donated $25,000 towards the GE Whole Breast Automated Ultra Sound System. In 2016 we donated $25,000 to VVMC: $10,000 to Jack’s Place and $15,000 to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.