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CHI Health St. Elizabeth to be Lit in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 23 2014

CHI Health St. Elizabeth announces its sixth annual Breast Cancer Awareness event - Power of Pink – will be held on Wednesday, October 1. The community wide event begins at six in the evening, and the finale is at dark when the east side of the hospital will be lit in pink.

Breast cancer survivors are invited to sign a StarTran bus wrapped in pink or guests can sign in honor of a loved one. The bus can be seen throughout Lincoln for the next year. Guests will also enjoy a light dinner and musical entertainment.

“We are so excited to be celebrating our sixth annual Power of Pink event with the community,” says Mary Trauernicht, director, oncology services at CHI Health St. Elizabeth. “This event, marks our second anniversary of the opening of our Breast Care Center. It is a very powerful event where breast cancer survivors, our staff and the community come together to bring awareness to a disease that we fight every day.”

It is estimated that in 2014, more than 1,200 women in Nebraska will be diagnosed with the disease. The impact doesn’t end there. It extends to family members, friends, caregivers and coworkers.

“Saint Elizabeth will be lit in pink for the entire month of October. It will serve as an important reminder that we need to continue to fight against the disease,” adds Trauernicht. “It opens the door for conversations about the significance of doing breast self-exams, annual mammograms and preventive care.”

At the event, luminaries recognizing survivors or loved ones lost to breast cancer will be placed on the walking path around the lake. You can purchase a luminary with a free will donation. Proceeds will go to the CHI Health St. Elizabeth Foundation and help women right here in Lincoln and the surrounding areas.

You can purchase a luminary at, or they will be for sale the night of the event. Luminary orders placed online will be decorated by the Saint Elizabeth breast cancer support group.