307-746-4491 dpisciotti@wchs-wy.org

Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative awards Weston County Health Services Community Grant for Girl’s Getaway at the Newcastle Lodge Saturday, October 2, 2021.

WBCI AWARDS Weston County Health Services Community Grant for Girl’s Getaway

Did you know that breast cancer is one of the few cancers where early detection can literally be the difference between life and death? Yet, Wyoming ranks among the worst in the nation for breast cancer early detection screenings. Add to that, every single day a Wyoming resident is diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the Department of Health. Enter the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative (WBCI).

Started in 2016, WBCI is one of the only non-profits in Wyoming solely dedicated to increasing early detection, decreasing late-stage diagnosis, and supporting breast cancer survivors. Through year-round fundraising efforts, WBCI raises, then disperses funds to local Wyoming programs through grants. WBCI Community Grants are awarded to programs that provide services in one of four funding priority areas: education and awareness, screening and early detection testing, patient navigation and providing support to breast cancer patients and survivors.

Weston County Health Services is proud to announce they have been chosen as a recipient of a 2021 WBCI Community Grant to provide vital services in Weston County. The grant was written and approved to provide free breast exams and raise awareness of breast cancer.

“Receiving the WBCI Community Grant is an honor and greatly appreciated.  Any way we can promote breast health for the women of our area is greatly needed and this grant helps us to achieve this.” Acknowledged WCHS Chief Executive Officer Maureen Cadwell.

WCHS has been providing education/awareness, early detection screening with free breast exams since September 2019 when the first Girl’s Getaway was held. The third annual Girl’s Getaway will be held October 2, 2021 at the Newcastle Lodge and Convention Center – more details to come at a later date.

“Since WBCI started, we have granted over a half a million dollars to local Wyoming projects. It’s truly incredible when you stop to think about it. Our funds don’t come from big foundations or businesses, they really come from local Wyoming residents, many who have felt the devastation of breast cancer personally. Nothing makes us more proud than knowing we are being good stewards of our donors’ hard earned money.” Stated Cara Nett, Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative’s Board President. “Weston County Health Services is only one example of nineteen other projects in Wyoming we are able to fund. Every funded project brings us close to our mission of increasing early detection, decreasing late-stage diagnosis and supporting those in the fight of their lives.”

Anyone wanting to learn more about The Girl’s Getaway should contact Denice Pisciotti at 307-746-3755. To learn more about the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative and how you can help support breast cancer projects in Wyoming, please visit www.wyomingbreastcancer.org or like WBCI on social media.