Cancer Awareness Task Force helps uninsured Converse County residents pay for cancer treatments

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DOUGLAS, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Pink is the official color of breast cancer awareness, to this Converse County task force, so is a pink flamingo.

Cancer Awareness Task Force's Pink Flamingo fundraiser

“It doesn’t matter who you are, if you’re going through cancer it’s expensive.” Shelly Allen, president of the Cancer Awareness Task Force in Douglas, said.

Every second Saturday in October, the CATF holds their annual pink flamingo fundraiser. There are speakers and entertainment for women to enjoy a night out.

The Task Force is funded completely through donations and fundraisers.
They help residents who need treatments for all cancers. They also hand out gift bags to patients the first time they go in for treatment.

The gift bags include socks, ginger candy, ginger tea, coloring books, a gift card and more to give people undergoing treatment something to keep them busy. The gift card is to help with anything from food to gas.

Many residents have to travel for treatment, especially since they can not get radiation treatment in Douglas. Residents then have to drive to Casper, Cheyenne or Denver for treatment.

“I know firsthand the burden it puts on your family and finances. Most insurances pay 80 percent, so that’s still a lot of money out of your pocket.” Allen said.

Allen is a 15 year breast cancer survivor and has been in the CATF almost 14 years. Allen has been president for the last six years.

The CATF in Douglas was founded in the early 2000s and continues to help uninsured Converse County residents pay for cancer treatments.

With more funding, the CATF in Douglas hopes to expand their services across Wyoming.