Pink fountain to usher in Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Springfield


The Fountain Square Esplanade fountain will run pink Wednesday to signify the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Community Mercy Health Partners is using this event and several others throughout October to increase awareness for breast health and breast cancer, said Ann Hembree, psychosocial coordinator at the Springfield Regional Cancer Center.

“It’s a good opportunity to learn, to receive the offered services and to join with others in the community,” she said. “We’re sharing a lot of good information about breast cancer and breast health.”

The events are designed to make it easy for the community to learn more, Hembree said, and for women to receive mammograms.

“It’s very important to build awareness of breast cancer and the need for annual mammograms,” she said.

Some events, such as the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk” and the “How Well Do You Know Your Breasts” program, are to educate and raise funds for breast cancer.

Others are for cancer survivors and those currently fighting breast cancer, Hembree said, along with their families. The Cancer Center is offering free bra and prosthesis fittings, as well as seminars and gentle movement classes, for those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

A special event, the “Champaign County Fashions to a Tea: Breast Cancer… It’s a Family Affair,” will be held in Urbana to recognize and honor breast cancer survivors.

Most events are open to the community, Hembree said. She said those unable to attend can also receive mammograms and assistance with breast health from the center’s mobile mammogram units and breast care specialists throughout the year.

“The whole purpose is to support women in the community,” she said, “to raise awareness of breast cancer and breast health, and to support the survivors in the community.”

For more information on breast health, contact Valerie Briner, the breast health navigator at the Cancer Center, at 937-342-5975. To schedule a mammogram, call 937-328-8100.




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