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2023 Paint the Town Pink

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Each Year, 45-50 Women Are Diagnosed With Breast Cancer in the Yampa Valley.

We are here to assist them with financial and emotional support during a very stressful time.

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Over 22 years...

For the first 18 years we held a live art auctions to raise funds. Now we are in our third year of asking the community to make pledges to hold an event or make donations. Our goal is that the entire town shows their support and there’s PINK everywhere!

 

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The extra mile

We pay for mammograms, wellness visits, biopsies, and some treatment costs for uninsured and underinsured individuals. The Bust of Steamboat facilitated the creation of soft/warm hats and scarves made by community members for patients.

 

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Big numbers

The Bust of Steamboat assists uninsured and underinsured people battling breast cancer in Routt and Moffat counties.

From 2014-2018 = $169,000 to local women.

 

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Investing in the future

We have given funds for a new chemotherapy chair, and contributed to the purchase of a specialized MRI machine. The Bust of Steamboat has also contributed artwork for the infusion treatment area in the hospital.

 

Meet our team

Deb Curd-Kinnecom

Deb moved to Steamboat Springs in 1992 where she raised her two daughters. She volunteered on many local non-profit boards and founded Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project (YVBCAP) in 2000 after losing a friend to breast cancer. It’s been her passion to ensure local women have financial assistance during a difficult time. Deb has enjoyed dancing and choreographing for the Steamboat Dance Theatre for the past 27 years as well as hiking and biking in the mountains. She recently retired from her corporate job and plans to travel with her husband, Mike while fitting in playtime with her grandson.

Michael Kinnecom

Mike joined the YVBCAP committee 12 years ago. His degree in Electronic Engineering Technology has been a big asset in coming up with creative solutions and helps with the heavy lifting for the group’s many fundraisers. He moved to the Yampa Valley in 2001, where he raised his two sons. Mike owns and operates LSS Integrated Systems, serving the Steamboat area for more than 25 years. During his free time, he plays drums and produces original soundtracks.

Jan Fritz

After moving to Steamboat Springs in 1987, Jan was busy raising her three daughters, but always worked as an RN both at Routt Memorial Hospital and Visiting Nurse Association. During those years, she started the Hospice Home program and the Hospital Cancer care program. As treasurer of the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project, Jan saw the needs of cancer patients and incorporated YVBCAP with the 501c3 group called, Northwest Colorado Aid and Support Group. Both entities have a similar mission – to provide cancer patients with financial assistance when needed. In 2020, she retired, trading snowy Steamboat mountains, and skiing for the mountains and crabbing at the Tulare Beach, Washington and enjoys living near her family.

Nancy Paul

Nancy was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa and has been a full-time resident of Steamboat Springs for about 10 years. She worked as a ski instructor for five years and was co-owner of Sew Steamboat, a yarn and fabric store for six years. Nancy’s interests include downhill skiing, traveling, knitting, reading, hiking and music. Nancy was motivated to become involved in the YVBCAP after the loss of her younger sister to breast cancer.

Elizabeth Speare

Tibby moved to Steamboat Springs in 1993 and immediately joined the founding Board of Hospice of Steamboat and became their first social worker, having worked in and trained new hospices around the state. She participated in a weekly playgroup with moms and their children; in that group of nine wonderful women, four are breast cancer survivors. With this awakening about breast cancer, it was natural for her to join YVBCAP Board in 2010 where she enjoyed corralling the artists for the annual auction, and enrolling the organization with Colorado Gives.

Tibby is a jewelry designer and metalsmith, and works for Routt County Public Health and Lift Up Routt County as well. She especially enjoys playing with and learning from her 5-year-old grandson, Eduardo!

Marlene Horace Fisher

Marlene has been a member of the YVBCAP committee for 10 years. It fulfills her to know that they’re helping local women in need of support during their breast cancer treatments, or simply to help prevent breast cancer by getting an annual mammogram. She’s a retired Math Professor from Colorado Mountain College-Steamboat. Marlene also set up and directed the original Alternative High School program in Steamboat, and retired High School Homebound Teacher from Houston. Her heart will always live in the lovely Yampa Valley.

Bonnie Madderom

Bonnie was born and raised in Chicago. She moved to Colorado shortly after graduating from college. She’s had many different jobs in her life, but none as challenging as surviving breast cancer. In her free time, Bonnie enjoys hiking, skiing, and crafting. “It has been my pleasure to be on the board of the Bust of Steamboat since 2011”.

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