The Wyoming Pink Ribbon Run is back for the 4th year to increase breast cancer awareness and prevention in the greater Cheyenne, Wyoming area. This run benefits the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative (WBCI), a volunteer-led and nonprofit organization that aims to raise funds for local programs in Wyoming with an emphasis on breast health education, promoting survivor services, assisting patients financially with breast cancer screenings, and more.
Cheyenne OBGYN is happy to sponsor an event like this. Breast cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women (besides skin cancer). About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point during their lifetime (breastcancer.org). These numbers may seem high, but they will continue to go down with the efforts of programs such as WBCI, which is why we are proud to support the initiative.
The Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative was formed in 2016 when the Susan G. Komen organization left Wyoming after not being able to meet new national requirements to raise $1 million annually. Twenty-six volunteers who were determined to continue breast cancer education and support in Wyoming formed WBCI. In the past three years alone, WBCI has granted over $300,000 into 41 programs in all Wyoming counties. All of the funds raised for WBCI stay within Wyoming; none go to a national organization.
With the goal of increasing breast cancer survivors and decreasing the number of late-stage diagnoses, WBCI has already impacted the lives of hundreds of women. The funds granted into Wyoming have supported over 2,126 breast exams, screenings, mammograms, or ultrasounds; 70 breast prosthetic and bras for women; and hosted 10 awareness and celebration events. The events serve to fundraise for the cause, increase breast cancer awareness, and acknowledge and celebrate breast cancer survivors.
Our Cheyenne OBGYN team of nearly 50 members, ‘Simply the Breast,’ will be out running (or walking) the race in Cheyenne on August 10. Join us in the Pink Ribbon Run by registering here. We are here to support those who have already overcome their battle with breast cancer, those who are still bravely fighting their battle, and those who will face it in the future. For information on breast health, check out our blog post Breast Cancer Awareness 101.