Summit County wins fundraising award
Ryan Summerlin August 15, 2014
The team Summit County Strong was recently informed that it placed third overall for fundraising in the Salt Lake City Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in June.
The team raised more than $3,000 through individual donations and corporate matches.
The team was organized by Summit County Public Information Officer Julie Booth in support of Summit County Councilwoman Kim Carson, who has been diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, described in a press release as a more aggressive type accounting for 15 percent of all breast cancers.
A number of county staffers participated in the Race with Carson, including Park City Fire Chief Paul Hewitt, Summit County Engineer Leslie Crawford, Summit County Fair Administrator Travis English, and Nann Worel, executive director of the People’s Health Clinic, according to the release.
"I wanted to put together a team of employees to show Kim that she was not alone in her battle against breast cancer," said Booth in the release. "Kim herself raised a substantial amount of money, all during the middle of her treatments to battle the disease."
According to the press release, the Komen foundation states that Summit County has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the state, and Utah ranks last of all 50 states for the percentage of women over 40 with insurance getting screening mammograms. Most insurance plans cover preventative mammograms.
In the release, Carson said, "We all get busy in our lives, but we need to take time for our health. Mammograms are only one part of breast cancer prevention. Getting lumps checked is also extremely important. Summit County is fill of active women who may think it can never happen to them. I encourage every women to follow through small preventative measures that could save their life."
During the County Council meeting on Aug. 6, when the award was revealed, Carson asked that the plaque be displayed prominently in the Sheldon Richins Building in Kimball Junction, in hopes of reminding women to schedule their mammograms.
— David Burger