KALISPELL – This Salute to Service report features Halt Cancer at X, which is on a mission to stomp out breast cancer.
The nonprofit contributes funds each year to national research initiatives and local cancer support services to help battle breast cancer in the Flathead Valley.
The funds are raised mostly by the community through $10 parking donations but also competitor pledges and other imaginative fundraising efforts.
Halt Cancer at X distributed $51,000 in community grants in 2017 to nonprofits in northwest Montana aimed at increasing awareness, reducing risk and improving the lifestyle of those affected by breast cancer.
Halt Cancer at X is inviting nonprofits in and around the Flathead Valley to apply for the 2018 Halt Cancer at X Community Grants.
Last year’s local recipients included: Cancer Support Community of Kalispell, now known as Kalispell Regional Healthcare Cancer Support and Survivorship, Flathead Cancer Aid Services, Save a Sister and Casting for Recovery.
Community grant requests should range between $250 and $25,000 and benefit residents in and around the Flathead Valley.
Proposals objectives should either assist with breast cancer screenings, address unmet needs for those receiving treatment or and help survivors and families along their journey to healing.
Halt Cancer at X was created in 2012 in memory of Rebecca Broussard, founder of the Event at Rebecca Farm.
He daughter Sarah Broussard now organizes The Event and says the goal in raising funds is to ultimately find a cure and it wouldn’t be possible without the local community.
“Due to the support of the eventing community and most importantly the local community here our spectator base is great and we continue to grow and we invite everyone out at least once,” Broussard said.
Applications should be received by October 1 and information can be found here. The winners will be announced during in late October in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
-Nicole Miller reporting for MTN News