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31 Days of Pink event begins

Springfield Regional joins other groups in breast cancer detection efforts.

Community Mercy Health Partners is seeking to build awareness of breast cancer and the need for annual mammograms with 31 Days of Pink events planned with community partners.

The schedule:

Today: Girl Scout Workshop. “Nutrition and Health – Learning to Care for Myself.” Learn about nutrition and health in a fun and interactive workshop at the Springfield Regional Imaging Center, 1343 N. Fountain Blvd., 5-7 p.m. Contact Pilar Gonzales-Mock at 937-323-3009 or

Oct. 4: 31 Days of Pink Kickoff. A preview of the Pink Glove dance video will be shown in the Springfield Regional Medical Center cafeteria. Community Mercy has entered the 2013 Medline Pink Glove Dance Competition for a chance to win a $25,000 donation for a breast cancer charity. The video features employees dancing to “Change the World.” The dancers are wearing pink-colored exam gloves to raise awareness about the importance of early detection.

Oct. 9: Brake for Breakfast. Drive through the main entrance circle in front of Springfield Regional Medical Center from 7:30 to 9:15 receive a free breakfast muffin and drink to go. Each treat bag will include information regarding breast health awareness.

Oct. 10: Champaign County Fashions to a Tea. “Breast Cancer Awareness … How Sweet It Is” will be at the Champaign County Fairgrounds 4H Building and will honor breast cancer survivors. Breast Friends Forever of Champaign County and Mercy Memorial Hospital will present a catered dinner at 6 p.m. Vendors will offer items, with shopping starting at 5 p.m. A fashion show with breast cancer survivors will round out the evening. Tickets are $12. For reservations, contact Kristyn Campbell 937-408-2288 or

Oct. 12: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk. The walk will start at Springfield Regional Cancer Center, 142 W. North St., at 9 a.m. For more information about the American Cancer Society’s event, contact Julie Rinehart at or 888-227-6446, ext. 4211.

Oct. 16: Free Bra and Breast Prosthesis. A free bra and breast prosthesis fitting will be offered at Springfield Regional Cancer Center from 9-11 a.m. Fittings will be provided by Wanda Moore, a certified and accredited mastectomy fitter. Appointments are requested. Call Ann Hembree at 323-5001, ext.5567.

Oct. 18: Autumn Nature Walk. Offered by the National Trail Parks and Recreation District at Old Reid Park, it starts at the bridge on Pumphouse Road at 10 a.m. This walk is in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pre-registration is recommended. Registration forms are available online at

Oct. 22: Senior Services Tea. Held at United Senior Services at 3 p.m., the free event includes a breast health information session provided by certified MammaCare instructors Valerie Briner and Linda Blosser. Call United Senior Services at (937) 323-4948.

Oct. 24: Ladies Night Out for Breast Health. Held at Courtyard by Marriott, downtown, it features Paul Hiltz, Market Leader and President of Community Mercy Health Partners, speaking about the Affordable Care Act and women’s health. Tickets are $7/each and include a dinner with dessert and wine. Space is limited. Tickets are available at Springfield Regional Medical Center cashier office (lobby), Mercy Memorial Hospital cashier office and the Springfield Regional Cancer Center lobby.

Oct. 31: Lymphedema Education. The event at Springfield Regional Cancer Center at 2:30 p.m. features Kitty Zeunen, Excel Rehab. No registration is required. Call Ann Hembree at 323-5001, ext. 5567 for more information.

For more details on these events, visit

For all mammograms scheduled during October at Springfield Regional Imaging Center or Mercy Memorial Hospital, $1 will be donated to a select charity promoting women’s health. To schedule a mammogram, call 937-328-8100.

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