The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group’s signature event is The Celebration of Life Luncheon™. In addition to supporting educational programs in Eagle County, the group offers A Day to Play™ to breast cancer patients.
Since 1994, The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group has played a critical role in bringing support to those diagnosed with breast cancer in Eagle County. And we are dedicated to making their journey as easy as possible. Thanks to our premier event, the Celebration of Life Luncheon™, we have raised over a million dollars to fulfill our vision to fund those who fight this disease each day. Over 300 women have received Day to Play™ funds and another 30 have received more than $2,000 in assistance. We donated $75,000 to the Sonnenalp Breast Diagnostic Imaging Center within the Shaw Regional Cancer Center and another $50,000 to Jack’s Place, a facility adjacent to the cancer center that provides patient accommodations to those who travel a long distance for treatment. We also donated $50,000 to the Shaw for the purchase of a PET Scanner and another $50,000 towards the purchase of a stereotactic table for the Shaw Center’s radiation department. In 2012, we established the Gap Fund, providing $50,000 to the Breast Center for those who need additional diagnostic tests and assistance with the gap payment due to their deductible or insurance coverage.
Celebration of Life Luncheon™
Our signature event, the Celebration of Life™ Luncheon, silent auction and raffle began in July 1994. Over the years, many notable speakers, including Dr. Susan Love, Linda Ellerbee, Marilyn Quayle, Susan Ford Bayles, Denver newscaster, Kim Christiansen, Robin Roberts, Giuliana and Bill Rancic, and Geralyn Lucas have shared their knowledge of breast cancer – as well as tears, laughter and life experiences – with their audiences.
A Day to Play™
Every Eagle County resident who is diagnosed with breast cancer – no matter what her echelon – receives $500 to relieve the stress of cancer treatment. Some have used the funds to entertain or to spend a day at the spa; others have put the money towards day care or to pay medical bills. The many notes of appreciation that we’ve received for this gesture have warmed our hearts and we are grateful that we have been able to help so many.
Pink Lemonade Bubblegum Day to Play™
Children whose mothers are undergoing treatment for breast cancer receive their own Day to Play with proceeds raised by Eagle County element school student Lily DeMuth’s bubble gum machine. Funds are matched by the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group.
The Gap Fund™
The Gap Fund was created in 2012 to help eligible patients with medical bills related to diagnostic services and genetic testing. We donated $50,000 to the Sonnenalp Breast Diagnostic Imaging Center at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center to be used within a year. We were shocked to learn that many women, although insured for their annual mammogram, are not following through with additional diagnostic tests – if found to be necessary – due to their deductible or the additional payment that might be required. This fund helps women cover their cost of diagnostic breast imaging services including diagnostic mammography, diagnostic breast ultrasound, breast ultrasound biopsy, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast MRI biopsy, breast needle localizations, ductograms and cyst aspirations.
Strike! Out Breast Cancer™
Our first Strike! Out Breast Cancer bowling event took place on February 14, 2012 at Bol at Solaris, in Vail, CO. We provide bowling, a lite dinner fare platter, a bottle of Prosecco, raffle, silent auction, music and lots of Valentine’s Day love.