Seven Denver School of Nursing Students Volunteer 25 Hours for Breast Cancer Outreach

DSN Students Team With Boarding for Breast Cancer during Four-Day Burton US Open in Vail, CO

Seven Denver School of Nursing (DSN) students teamed up with Boarding for Breast Cancer ( in Vail, CO to provide breast cancer educational outreach to outdoor sports enthusiasts at the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships.

“This is our fourth collaboration with Boarding for Breast Cancer,” said Dr. Marcia Bankirer, president of DSN ( “DSN students have been partnering for the past two years with Boarding for Breast Cancer, which hosts grassroots events with local mountain resorts, using outdoor sports events as a platform to promote healthy, active living. In addition to educating thousands of people about how to live a healthy, active life, DSN students encouraged women to be their own health and wellness advocates.”

Participants received coaching on methods of early detection and had an opportunity to identify and learn the difference between lumps, cysts, and carcinomas by feeling life-like artificial breast molds. DSN students helped visitors learn cancer facts and engaged visitors in conversations about breast cancer prevention and best health practices for daily life.

The DSN students who devoted 25 hours in the three-day-long educational outreach event also will serve in upcoming international healthcare internships through DSN’s Global Health Perspectives (GHP) program.  The DSN students who worked with Boarding for Breast Cancer in Vail included: Jenny Giberson, Shannon Krajewski, Hailey Ledbetter, Hannah Plath, Caitlin Scherr, Nicole Schumacher and Ellis Whalen.

Founded in 1996, Boarding for Breast Cancer is a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing education, prevention and support programs for young people and the action sports community at large. 

“Breast cancer education, early detection and new treatments have extended women’s’ lives by years,” noted Micah Hughes, DSN assistant professor and director of the nursing college’s GHP program. “We are honored to work with Boarding for Breast Cancer.  I am proud of the outstanding education and service learning outreach that DSN nursing students conducted in Vail.”

According to the American Cancer Society (, the overall five-year relative survivor rate for female breast cancer patients has improved from 75 percent from 1975 to 1977 to 90 percent for 2003 through 2009. This increase is due largely through improvements in treatment to earlier diagnosis resulting from the widespread use of mammography.

About Denver School of Nursing (DSN)

Denver School of Nursing, 1401 19th St., Denver, is a private, post-secondary college that provides educational programs and training for nursing professionals. The college specializes in offering rigorous curriculum and clinical site-based academic programs toward associate and bachelor degrees in nursing. DSN is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), ( (800-621-7440). Its associate and baccalaureate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404-975-5000). The college is granted full approval for its associate and bachelors nursing programs by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. For more information, call 303-292-0015 or visit