Beyond Pink TEAM is a local organization that has grown into a national vision. In 1988, the Cedar Valley Committee for Breast Cancer Awareness (CVCBCA) was started as a collaborative effort of area hospitals and other health organizations. The mission was to increase mammography utilization and to provide a breast cancer support group. The Metro Council of Hospitals provided funds for a support group facilitator. All other CVBCA members were volunteers or healthcare professionals whose employers saw value in supporting breast cancer awareness.The Metro Council of Hospitals encouraged the CVCBCA to expand the organization to include other cancers. In 1997, the name was changed to the Cedar Valley Cancer Committee. Soon after this, financial support from the Metro Council of Hospitals ended. However, thanks to the hard work of the committee and the generous donations from the Cedar Valley, the Cedar Valley Cancer Committee continued and began to grow.
In October 1998, Allen Hospital provided a breast cancer survivor luncheon to celebrate the 10 years and many accomplishments of Cedar Valley Cancer Committee. It was so successful, it has become an annual tradition with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and Allen Hospital providing the survivor luncheon alternate years. During the luncheon Beyond Pink TEAM reflects on its long list of accomplishments and everyone is energized to continue this important work. Beyond Pink TEAM is the only Cedar Valley breast cancer organization working to prevent breast cancer, working for quality breast cancer care, and providing services and financial support to women and men living with breast cancer.
Realizing breast cancer continues to take a toll in the Cedar Valley and the US despite significant attention and resources directed at the disease, Beyond Pink TEAM became a National Breast Cancer Coalition member organization in 2004 Beyond Pink TEAM advocates for the priorities of the National Breast Cancer Coalition in order to make real progress toward saving lives and ending breast cancer.
In 2006, the name Beyond Pink TEAM was selected because members realized the group had gone beyond awareness, beyond pink ribbons, beyond pink trinkets and was Taking Action, Educating, Advocating, and Making a real difference both locally and nationally. Beyond Pink TEAM continues to be the most active member of the Cedar Valley Cancer Committee.
In 2010, Beyond Pink TEAM revised its mission to reflect all it does. Today, the Beyond Pink TEAM is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide breast cancer prevention, education, support and advocacy for comprehensive, quality care in the Cedar Valley and surrounding communities.
Now, in 2015 we are busier than ever. To get updated on what your Beyond Pink TEAM has been up to this past year. Please review our 2014 Year End Report.