DENVER- The Denver Metropolitan and Aspen affiliates of Susan G. Komen are merging to provide breast health/breast cancer services in 22 Colorado counties.
Together the new Susan G. Komen Colorado will serve the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld and Yuma.
The merger will save administrative costs and allow for expanded services. Right now, treatment dollars are not allocated in the Aspen area, so some women from that area are already seeking services in Denver.
"We are pleased the merger will allow us to offer the additional resource of treatment dollars in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties in 2015. It is because of the cost savings due to the merger that we can offer this life-saving service to underserved women and men in the community" Michele Ostrander, CEO of Susan G. Komen Colorado said.
Komen Colorado will continue funding breast cancer research through the Komen Award and Research Grant Program. Since its inception, Komen Colorado has raised and distributed nearly $14 million, $8.8 million has funded research in Colorado.
"By bringing together both organizations, Komen Colorado will be able to save more lives in our state," Sandy Israel, founder of Komen Aspen Affiliate said. "Both Susan G. Komen Affiliates share a strong commitment to support Colorado and provide help to uninsured or under-insured people battling breast cancer. We are very excited with the merger."
"This merger is an excellent opportunity for Komen Colorado to have a greater impact on the community as a whole. Seventy-five percent of the net funds will remain in Colorado for life-saving care. Increasing breast cancer awareness will allow us to increase the support we provide to Colorado," Hollen Ferrendelli, president of the Board of Directors said.
Both the Denver and Aspen offices will stay open.
The Board of Directors will have representation from both former affiliates.
Komen Colorado's next events include the Romp to Stomp at Frisco, March 1, and Ski for the Cure at Snowmass, March 8.