October 20, 2005
"We are now in our fourteenth year, with the Waterfall Committee, raising funds for breast cancer awareness, detection, and technology. I am so very pleased to present this check to you today, and again affirm my commitment to not only raising awareness of this disease, but to raising funds to reduce its impact on Alaska women," Mrs. Murkowski said.
Mrs. Murkowski said the donation comes with "strings attached" that will benefit breast cancer screening efforts in rural Alaska. The first $100,000 will be dedicated to a second mobile breast cancer detection unit that can be air transported to rural locations. The remaining $200,000 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska, which she helped establish.
"To make the donation in this way will dramatically improve our capabilities to reach Alaska women with the latest technology for early breast cancer detection," Mrs. Murkowski said.
Following the check presentation, Mrs. Murkowski attended an open house at the breast cancer center. The earlier luncheon was also attended by Janel Thompson, wife of Fairbanks Mayor Steve Thompson, Jinx Whitaker, wife of North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker, and Patty Hamilton, wife of UA President Mark Hamilton.
Mrs. Murkowski has been a member of the Congressional Families for Breast Cancer Awareness, an Honorary Chair of the Alaska Breast Cancer Coalition, and has served on the Executive Board of the Congressional Families for Cancer Awareness Foundation. She has won national awards for her role in these and other cancer awareness activities. As First Lady, her efforts are dedicated to the cause of breast cancer awareness and detection.
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