How do your programs and services affect the lives of your clients?
Our services provide necessary preventative screening exams to women throughout the state of Alaska and in our clinic here in Fairbanks. We also provide education about the importance of early detection for the increased chances of survival of breast cancer.
How has United Way of the Tanana Valley helped your agency fulfill its mission?
United Way has helped provide funding for us to continue our mission. In addition, being a United Way member agency gives us an added level of credibility among our donors in that we have met all of the requirements necessary to be one of the 23 agencies that United Way has given its “seal of approval” to.
For what are you most proud of BCDC?
I am proud that since 1976, BCDC has been able to continue to provide quality services to women regardless of their ability to pay, and that with the care and sensitivity we have toward our patients they have accepted preventative annual exams as a healthy and necessary part of their lives.
Odette Butler is executive director of the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska, located in Fairbanks.