A Word From Our Founder

Irene on basketball court

I am a seven-year breast cancer survivor after being diagnosed with a very rare, aggressive form of the disease in December of 2010. I began the road to recovery after multiple surgeries and 18 months of chemotherapy.

One of the things that helped me through this journey was the support I received from my community. When I moved to the High Country, I noticed that many businesses and members of the public supported breast cancer re-search during October—Breast Cancer Awareness month. My dream was to bring all of the businesses involved in support-ing the breast cancer awareness activities together under one “umbrella”.

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. The High Country Breast Cancer Foundation is an all-volunteer foundation whose funds remain wholly in the community. Events such as organizing events such as the High Country Breast Cancer Walk/Run provide funds which are awarded through scholarships to the men and women fighting breast cancer LOCALLY.

The scholarships can be used for various activities in support of the survivor and his/her family—all in an effort to show thepatient that the community is fighting the fight with them.

Our foundation scholarships can provide money for:

  • Child care during survivor’s 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 (I was fired from my job of 20 years when I became ill.)
  • Transportation to doctor, hospital, and counseling appointments
  • Support groups for survivors.

The first annual High Country Breast Cancer Walk/Run was the inaugural event for the Foundation. It was held in Blowing Rock on Saturday, October 28, 2017 in coordination with their Halloween Festival. The 2017 race was successful far beyond our expectations and we expect the 2018 High Country Breast Cancer Walk/Run to outpace last year’s event.

Please sign up and help us make it another big success!

Our foundation will always have a 100% volunteer team—again showing the kind of tremendous support people in the High Country provide to help their neighbors fight this horrible disease that strikes so many families.

Thank you for your support,

Irene Sawyer