KALISPELL – Halt Cancer at X, a local initiative in the Flathead that provides funding for national breast cancer research and local support services, announced today the four recipients of their 2017-2018 Community Grants.
The total doled out this year was $47,000 donated through the efforts of Montana Equestrian Events during The 2018 Event at Rebecca Farm.
This year, Save a Sister was awarded the largest grant at $19,000 to continue funding the high-risk breast cancer screening program which improves access to screening mammograms and education.
Cancer Support and Survivorship received $15,000. The program provides support services through outings such as snowshoeing and rafting for young adults and adults affected by cancer.
Flathead Cancer Aid Services, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to cancer patients, was awarded $10,000 in order to reach a greater number of those in need.
Casting for Recovery received a grant of $2,500. Funds from the grant will help pay for the program’s therapeutic fly-fishing retreats for Flathead Valley residents.
Sarah Broussard, founder of Halt Cancer at X say she’s seen firsthand the generosity in the Flathead Valley in raising the funds through the Event at Rebecca Farm each year. She says thousands have felt the effects.
“When I started Halt Cancer at X it was mainly supported by the competitor base at Rebecca Farm. It has…grown so far beyond that and this community continues to support us and the work we’re doing in the Valley for men, for women and for everybody affected by cancer,” Broussard said.
“The funds from this grant will go to helping us detect women who need or have an increased risk of breast cancer and we then offer those women additional screening options,” said Dr. Amanda Beer a radiologist with The Health Center.
Broussard launched the initiative in 2012 after losing her mother, Rebecca, to breast cancer in 2010. To date, locally more than $300,000 has been given out locally and more than $200,000 to support national research.
Reporting by Nicole Miller for MTN News