March 14, 2020: An Update on COVID-19 from Komen Colorado’s CEO, Jill Fricker
Susan G. Komen Colorado is committed to helping our staff and their families, our breast cancer survivors and thrivers, our partners, and our entire community stay healthy amidst the evolving public health situation caused by COVID-19. We are also invested in doing what we can to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and have taken some steps to do so:
- Beginning Friday March 13, our physical office is closed for appointments and visits although we will maintain regular business operations that take place in the office. All of our staff are working remotely and are equipped and encouraged to host virtual meetings and be available via email and phone during regular business hours Monday-Friday.
- Canceling the Snowshoe for the Cure event that was scheduled for last weekend out of an abundance of caution and well-being for our breast cancer survivors and thrivers in mind.
- Participating on Komen enterprise-wide calls to stay current on best practices adopted by our National organization, other Komen Affiliates and our Scientific Advisory Board in light of COVID-19.
- Working with cancer experts, like our local presenting sponsor Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, to develop and disseminate relevant and updated information to our breast cancer survivors, those currently in treatment, and living with metastatic disease to help them understand prevention against COVID-19.
- Maintaining, and in some cases, increasing our participation on local and statewide public health and cancer control conversations to remain on top of the evolving public health situation.
In these uncertain times, one thing that remains clear: we must continue to deliver on our mission to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and by investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. We remain focused on providing Coloradans access to non-medical financial assistance, navigating individuals to clinical care services and access to funds to obtain them when appropriate, and guiding women and men through the financial burden of a breast cancer diagnosis.
With that being said, here is what you can do to support Komen Colorado’s mission and your community during this challenging time:
- First, take care of yourself and your family by following the guidelines the CDC is putting out in regards to personal safety, travel and being in large groups of people.
- If you know someone in your community that is currently going through breast cancer treatment, you can offer to bring them groceries or run errands for them so that they stay away from large groups, as suggested by the CDC.
- Continue to raise money for the Snowshoe for the Cure until it closes on March 31.
Please do not hesitate to contact Komen Colorado’s Breast Care Connection Line if you would like more information on the programs we offer. You can call 303-744-2088 option 2, Monday-Friday during normal business hours.
We will send updates as we have new information to share.