CASPER, Wyo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding cancer education and awareness, today announced that it has received a $150,000 grant from Susan G. Komen For the Cure®, GE and the Wyoming Women First program. With the goal of ensuring that women have access to life-saving mammograms with no out-of-pocket costs, the grant will fund the Foundation’s “Screen, Scan, Survive” program to expand free breast cancer screening events in Wyoming.
Previously known as the Rocky Mountain Foundation for Cancer Care, the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care has added several initiatives targeted at increasing cancer education and screenings locally. In addition to the grant, new programs include:
- Angels Cancer Care Program
Previously affiliated with the Wyoming Medical Center, the Angels Cancer Care Program is designed to provide support to cancer patients and their caregivers while undergoing treatment. Foundation volunteers and fundraising efforts help lend a hand with the tasks that may be forgotten during cancer treatment – including everything from housekeeping and making electricity payments to funding gas cards and sourcing transportation to and from treatment.
- “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” at the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo
In honor of this national cancer awareness event, the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care and Rocky Mountain Oncology Center have partnered to sponsor free skin, breast and prostate cancer screenings for fair attendees on July 12. Rodeo riders will also wear pink that night in order to further focus attention on the fight against breast cancer.
In order to continue to expand the Foundation’s efforts throughout the state, the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care is currently conducting a local search for the position of Executive Director. Reporting to a Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be tasked with operating and managing the organization to deepen cancer education throughout Wyoming. In addition, the organization will receive national support and oversight from the national e+Foundation, which supports cancer research, education and financial need through charitable donations.
“Many Wyoming residents have already felt the impact of the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care, whether they’ve been touched by the important work done at the Angels Program or they’ve attended a free cancer screening,” said Bob Kinard, vice president of the e+Foundation Board of Directors. “With the formal establishment of the Wyoming Cancer Care Foundation, and the prestigious Susan G. Komen grant, our goal is to enhance and expand the great work already started in Wyoming to help fight cancer. Whether it be providing greater access to life-saving breast cancer screenings or finding a wig for a patient undergoing chemotherapy, we want to make sure Wyoming residents won’t have to think twice when looking for support.”
To make a donation, volunteer for or request assistance from the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care, please call Meaghan Hennings at 307-233-4783.