Our Mission

The mission of the High Country Breast Cancer Foundation is to support breast cancer patients, survivors, and their families in the High Country of North Carolina. While many wonderful organizations hold events locally, some of the money they raise in the High Country is usually taken out of our community and used elsewhere. We are an all-volunteer organization and 100% of the funds we raise remain in the community.

The funds we raise through events such as the High Country Breast Cancer 5K Walk-Run are used to assist to local women and men fighting breast cancer.

EVERY penny that we receive from sponsors and donors goes to help those in need, as Irene Sawyer, our Founder and President, pays for 100% of operating expenses for the Foundation. She covers the cost of everything with earnings from her real estate business: this includes the pink tents, our signature tutus, pink ducks, the free food we provide at community events, the race t-shirts, the gift packets on race day, the entertainment on race day, the advertising expenses, etc.

Since its inception and as of today, Irene has spent over $50,000 of her own earnings to make sure that the Foundation accomplishes its mission: to help the local community.

These funds can be used for various activities to provide for the needs of patients, survivors and their families. We want those facing breast cancer to know their community is fighting the fight with them.

Some of the many things our foundation can provide money for:

  • Child care during chemotherapy sessions
  • Wigs, hats, and other head gear for survivors with hair loss
  • Support classes for caregivers
  • Nutritional education
  • Therapeutic classes: yoga, music,
    exercise, family equine therapy, aquatic exercise, lunch & learn
  • Career counseling and workshops (Our founder, Irene Sawyer, was fired from her job of 20 years when she became ill.)
  • Transportation to doctor, hospital, and counseling appointments
  • Support groups for survivors

5k Walk-Run

Join us for the THIRD ANNUAL

2019 High Country Breast Cancer

5K Walk / Run

Saturday, October 27th at 9am

American Legion in Blowing Rock, NC

You have the option to be timed–prizes will be awarded!



Click here to learn more!


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