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CHI Health St. Elizabeth Announces Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event – Power of Pink

September 22 2015

CHI Health St. Elizabeth announces their annual Breast Cancer Awareness event – Power of Pink – will be held on Thursday, 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.

“St. Elizabeth will be lit in pink for the entire month of October,” says Mike Hopkins, director of oncology services at CHI Health St. Elizabeth. “We hope it will serve as an important reminder to everyone that drives by that that we need to continue to fight against breast cancer.”

It is estimated that in 2015, more than 1,200 women in Nebraska will be diagnosed with the disease and more than 231,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. The impact doesn’t end there. It extends to family members, friends, caregivers and coworkers.

This year, the event puts even more emphasis on the importance of early detection. Clinical breast exams will be offered to women in need at no cost. “Early detection of breast cancer greatly increases your chance for survival and decreases the likelihood of late and long-term effects after treatment,” says Hopkins.

At the event, breast cancer survivors are honored during a short program. Guests will also enjoy a light dinner and musical entertainment.

A StarTran bus wrapped in pink will be onsite for breast cancer survivors to sign or anyone can sign in honor of a loved one. The bus can be seen throughout Lincoln for the next year.

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 to CHI Health St. Elizabeth Foundation.

Even if you aren’t able to attend the event, you can still purchase a luminary in someone’s honor at  www.CHIHealthStElizabeth.com, or they will be for sale the night of the event. Luminary orders placed online will be decorated by the St. Elizabeth breast cancer support group.

“We hope the community will join us for this powerful event,” adds Hopkins. “It is very impactful to see breast cancer survivors, our staff and the community come together to bring awareness to a disease that we fight every day.”

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