October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so how perfect is it that this week we’re partnering up with the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative, to tell you more about who they are, what they do, and how we can be involved in early detection and raising awareness.
WHO IS THE WYOMING BREAST CANCER INITIATIVE?
Since 2016, the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative (WBCI) has been increasing breast cancer awareness and prevention across Wyoming by raising funds through various volunteer-led events statewide. The funds raised are then granted back into community breast cancer organizations and into a statewide early detection voucher program. Most importantly to to note, the funds raised in Wyoming, STAY in Wyoming!
Did you know that Wyoming is ranked 48th in the county for breast cancer screening? WBCI is changing that! Here are the facts:
- They have granted over $350,000 in its first 4 years.
- Served an estimated 3,544 men and women right here in Wyoming.
- 53 awareness and education encounters.
- 2,717 clinical breast exams
- 593 mammograms
- 173 diagnostic tests
- 11 biopsies
- 17 reported detections of Breast Cancer
- 15 survivor resources, events, and retreats.
- 137 fittings for breast prostheses and prosthesis bras
HOW TO GET INVOLVED.
The first way is through sponsorships!
The Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative offers 4 different sponsorship levels. These options give your business or organization year-round visibility at a variety of events across the state. Sponsorship gives the opportunity to be seen by multiple populations and diverse markets through a variety of online, print, participation, and online marketing.
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
If sponsorship isn’t quite right for you or your business there are plenty of other ways to get involved!
365 Campaign – The 365 Campain is seeking 365 new donors to commit to a donation of $1 per day for 365 days. This will help to maintain WBCI’s current state of growth and continue to save lives throughout Wyoming.
Make a donation – If you are interested in making a one-time donation that is possible too!
Volunteer – The WBCI is a volunteer-led organization, and are always looking for more people to join the fun!
Kathy’s Friends Drink for Pink
This is a no-host fundraising event to celebrate breast cancer warriors and survivors and to honor loved ones that we have lost. Enjoy food, drinks, raffles, an online silent auction and lots of fun!
Have fun donating to a great cause and get a delicious dessert from a local pastry chef or restaurant. You won’t want to miss out, bidding starts October 22nd and ends the 29th. Adult and Kid Boo Baskets are also available for purchase!
Other events happening in October and throughout the year are:
- Save the Rack
- 8 Ball Billiard Tournament
- Pink Ribbon Run
- and more
Interested in hosting an event or doing a fundraiser? Heather is happy to get you started and answer any questions you may have! Email to email@example.com or call 307.840.WBCI.
Did we mention grants? WBCI provides opportunities for grants! These are available through a competitive application process, to organizations who meet one or more of the following goals:
- Increase breast cancer education/awareness
- Fund early detection screening
- Organize patient navigation services (nurse and financial navigators, transportation support, childcare help, wigs, etc.)
- Support breast cancer survivors/families
SPEAKING OF GRANTS…
We wanted to take a second to talk a little bit about the United in the Fight Grant. This is a collaboration between the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative, LIV Health, and Stitches Acute Care Center.
The grant provides counseling services and medication management to anyone who has been touched by breast cancer and/or their families. Services are billed through insurance, whatever is not covered, whether it be co-pays or your entire visit, is then covered by the grant, and at no charge to you!
How it works
- Fill out our simple referral form here. In the message section, just note that this is for the United in the Fight grant.
- We will get you set up with your therapist, or get a referral made for you to Stitches if you are interested in medication management.
If you have questions, about the United in the Fight grant you can get ahold of us, at LIV Health, by emailing, firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 307.630.4729. You can reach out to WBCI at email@example.com, or call 307.840.WBCI. Or you can reach out to Stitches Acute Care in Cheyenne, 307.514.9888, or in Laramie at 307.721.1794.
The Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative is a great resource if you or someone you know has been touched by breast cancer, and here are all the ways to find them!