The Vail Breast Cancer Group’s mission is to help ease the financial and emotional burdens endured by those women in Eagle County who are battling breast cancer.
Breast cancer remains a pressing global health concern, affecting millions of individuals and families. The Vail Breast Cancer Group (VBCG) within the Vail Valley Charitable Fund (VVCF) recognizes the importance of early detection, research, support, and education in the fight against breast cancer. And we are dedicated to making a meaningful impact.
The VBCG has been at the forefront of the breast cancer fight for 28 years, making a significant impact in the lives of those in Eagle County affected by the disease. We were founded on the principles of compassion and hope, with a mission to raise funds and awareness to support individuals and families who are affected.
Everyone diagnosed with breast cancer receives a check from the VBCG in the amount of $500 – our Day to Play program – to help relieve the stress of treatments. The funds can be used to offset medical expenses or for a relaxing indulgence, like a day at the spa. Patients also receive the gift of a Shine on Bag with includes a cushy pink robe, creams, a book and more.
In the past 30 years, the, all volunteer, Vail Breast Cancer Group has raised more than $1.6 million due to the generosity of the Eagle County Community. Over 500 women have received a Day to Play and many more have received additional funds through the VVCF.
Over the years, VBCG donated funds for both the Sonnenalp Breast & Diagnostic Imaging Center at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center and the Cancer Caring House, “Jack’s Place.” Other donations included funds towards the purchase of equipment used for the diagnosis of the disease.
The Vail Breast Cancer Group and the Vail Valley Charitable Fund work closely to support breast cancer awareness. Unfortunately, even with new equipment, new treatment and constant awareness, 13% (about 1 in 8) of U.S. women are going to develop invasive breast cancer in the course of their life – in 2023, an estimated 297,790 new cases were expected to be diagnosed.
According to the American Cancer Society, women ages 40 to 44 may begin annual mammograms. Women aged 45 – 54 should get mammograms every year. Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms two years or can continue yearly screening.
Eagle County is a loving, giving community and the VBCG along with the VVCF are honored to support our neighbors in time of need.
Your donation in any amount will go directly towards locals in the valley who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer.