Thanks to Aspen Komen for courage |

Thanks to Aspen Komen for courage

Dear Editor:

On Thursday, the board of the Aspen affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure voted to break from its national office and maintain its grants for breast health services to Planned Parenthood’s Glenwood Springs health center. Because of its courageous stand, and because of the outcry of many others, on Friday Susan G. Komen for the Cure clarified its grant-making criteria. This decision means that Planned Parenthood and Komen can continue to work together to provide lifesaving breast cancer screenings to women in the Roaring Fork Valley and across the nation.

We applaud the Aspen affiliate of Susan G. Komen for standing with Planned Parenthood throughout this past week, and we greatly value our long-standing partnership with this organization. Since 1995, we have worked with Aspen Komen to ensure that women in our community have the care they need. Through Aspen Komen funding, we were able to provide more than 300 clinical breast exams last year and made sure these women received needed follow-up care such as mammograms and biopsies.

In these tough economic times, our partnership with Aspen Komen has never been more important. More women than ever need access to essential health care services like lifesaving breast cancer screenings. At Planned Parenthood’s Glenwood health center, we provide these services to clients in need from Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, Mesa and Gunnison counties. Planned Parenthood’s quality, accessibility and affordability make us a leader in identifying breast cancer early on – when it’s most treatable.

We look forward to continuing our partnership with Aspen Komen and working toward our shared mission to provide lifesaving breast cancer screenings and education to the women of our community.

Rebecca Murray

Glenwood Springs health center manager, Planned Parenthood

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