Halt Cancer at X, the fundraising campaign created in 2012 in memory of The Event at Rebecca Farm founder Becky Broussard, had another successful year. An incredible sum of $120,000 was raised for Halt Cancer at X at the July event, $60,000 of which will be awarded in community grants to four organizations dedicated to the fight against cancer.
“We are honored to fund such a diverse pool of organizations that are working every day to halt cancer,” Sarah Broussard, daughter of Becky, said. “It’s exciting to see that the money from these grants is going to make a difference, both in our community and at a worldwide level.”
The 2016-2017 recipients:
First time recipient Save a Sister was awarded $24,000. The Save a Sister initiative is a collaboration among Kalispell Regional Healthcare, North Valley Hospital and the Flathead City-County Health Department. Founded in 2008, Save a Sister improves women’s access to screening mammography, educates the community, and promotes breast cancer awareness. The $24,000 grant will allow Save a Sister to establish a screening and support program for women at high-risk of developing breast cancer.
Cancer Support Community of Kalispell was awarded $21,000. Cancer Support Community of Kalispell provides a full range of support services for youth and adults affected by cancer. These services include healthy excursions, cooking/nutrition classes, education, professionally led support groups and more. Last year, the organization built the Halt Cancer at X Kitchen, which hosts cooking classes and provides a welcome space for those affected by cancer to seek support and learn about food and nutrition.
Cancer Support Community of Kalispell will use funds to expand the current services they offer. The organization will also use funds to begin implementing horse-healing workshops, family-oriented camping opportunities, and a weekend retreat for cancer survivors.
A third recipient, Flathead Cancer Aid Services, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to cancer patients, was awarded two grants totaling $10,000. One grant will help fund daily living expenses for breast cancer patients. The other will provide financial assistance for healthy nutritional food and supplements to those affected by cancer.
Flathead Valley Cancer Chicks received a grant of $3,000 to help expand their annual, overnight local wellness retreat for cancer survivors. A portion of the funds will also be used for publicity outreach.
To date, Halt Cancer at X has contributed more than $325,000 to national cancer research and local support services for cancer.
For more information on the campaign, visit the website here.