The Snake River Stampede rodeo in Nampa is dedicated to helping women who need help in getting their mammograms.

The program is called “Stampede for the Cure” and the rodeo has raised $500,000 since 2006 for this important, life-saving effort in Treasure Valley.

  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.

Every woman’s story is different. Yet, that dreaded word “cancer” makes every woman’s story the same. More and more often the outcome is positive and a cure is possible especially in Treasure Valley where there are programs these women can turn to for help in early detection.

In spite of all the warnings throughout the media and from doctors, there are numerous reasons why a woman gets to mid life without ever having a mammogram. Maybe she procrastinates, maybe she is afraid of what she might find, or maybe she can’t afford it. Whatever the reason, many women find themselves in their mid to late forties without ever having a mammogram.

Women are urged to get yearly mammograms and to do self breast examinations. Although it’s an “in your face” warning, many women ignore it until it is too late. It has been proven that, with early detection, most of them can be completely cured.

If even one woman is saved through this free program, the rodeo directors feel all their efforts are worth it.

If you or someone you know is in need, please take advantage of this important program…it’s free and it saves lives. Call 208-381-2095 to contact the St. Luke’s Breast Care Services Fund Office or call 208-288-4621 to contact the Saint Alphonsus Breast Care Services Funding Office.

Stampede for the Cure is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.