By now most people are aware that one in eight women has a chance of developing breast cancer. It’s time to change those numbers. Rush Memorial Hospital in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen grant and corporate sponsor Kroger, hosted the “Never Lose Hope” event at the 201 Building. A large group of attendees were treated to a wonderful evening of education, information, and entertainment.
Each attendee had an opportunity to stop by various booths with pertinent information on Rush Memorial Hospital’s digital mammography, Oncology department, Nurse Practitioners to learn how to perform self breast exams, Patient Navigation program, Susan G. Komen programs, American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program, and Kroger’s commitment to breast cancer awareness. The booths offered informational and fun items that each person could take home with them.
The highlight of the evening was a special presentation by Katie Stam Irk, 2009 Miss Indiana and Miss America. Mrs. Irk shared with the audience her commitment to eradicating cancer deaths and stories of her experience as Miss America. Her delightful presentation was met by an ovation from the crowd. Wendy Noe, Komen outreach and grants manager, followed sharing what the Susan G. Komen organization is doing to help uninsured and underinsured women to be able to get a mammogram. Early detection is key to a successful treatment. Mrs. Noe has been instrumental in assisting Rush Memorial Hospital with successfully receiving the annual Komen grant.
Last year Rush Memorial received more than $62,000 in grant funds which has helped qualified women and men in Rush County and surrounding counties get free breast health services which include early and proper screenings and treatment. The grant has also allowed the hospital to provide a patient navigator to assist patients through their treatment experience. With the help of the grant there is no reason why any woman should not get a mammogram. Susan Eakins was the RMH patient navigator, who recently left to pursue another opportunity. Erin Pike, director of oncology, will take on the duties as the new patient navigator. Michele Gettinger and Faith Mock are also a part of the Komen grant team.
Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month Rush Memorial Hospital is offering a Digital Mammography $99.00 special. Your voucher must be purchased by Oct. 31 and used by Dec. 31, 2013, for a digital mammogram. For more information contact Erin Pike at 765-932-7025.