October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Southeast Georgia Health System is pinking out this October in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to color-themed attire and month-long decorations, a variety of community activities and fundraisers are planned, including the ARTrageous Bras exhibit, “Pink Ribbons of Hope” fundraiser and Pink Out Friday extravaganza.
Throughout October, the Health System is decorating their lobbies as well as the Senior Care Centers with large pink ribbons to celebrate breast cancer awareness. Pink flags will be hung from lamp posts, nursing teams will wear pink gloves, surgical teams will wear pink surgical caps and the cafeterias will serve pink desserts!
As if pink ribbons, flags and desserts were not enough, the fanciful Julie Grimm Quilt will also be on display. Created from Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and American Cancer Society Relay For Life official T-shirts, this beautiful, unique piece will hang inside the Camden Campus lobby Oct. 1-15 and then transfer to the Brunswick Campus Horton Gallery Oct. 16-31.
In addition to decorations, the Health System is also hosting several fundraisers in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Brunswick Campus Horton Gallery and the Camden Campus art gallery will host the ARTrageous Bras exhibit Oct. 1-31. This fundraising event includes an opportunity for the community to cast $1 votes for their favorite uniquely decorated bras. The top 10 ARTrageous Bras will be modeled in a live auction, and the remaining bras placed in a silent auction, on Friday, Nov. 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the historic Ritz Theatre in downtown Brunswick. The free event is open to the community; attendees will enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, and proceeds from the event benefit the Health System cancer care programs. For more information, call 912-466-3360.
Another Health System fundraiser open to the community is the “Pink Ribbons of Hope.” Individuals can purchase a pink paper ribbon in honor or memory of a loved one affected by breast cancer for $1. The goal is to decorate all the hallways throughout the Health System in pink. Similar to the ARTrageous Bras exhibit, proceeds from the “Pink Ribbons of Hope” sales benefit the cancer care programs.
Brunswick High School, Frederica Academy and Glynn Academy are also participating in the Health System’s Breast Cancer Awareness festivities with “Pink Friday Games” scheduled during their October football home games. The Health System will provide a pink ribbon image on the field, pink wristbands for players and pink poms for cheerleaders. Pink poms will also be available for a donation at the games with proceeds benefiting the Health System cancer care programs.
Pink Friday Games Schedule:
Frederica Academy: Friday, Oct. 2
Brunswick High School: Friday, Oct. 16
Glynn Academy: Friday, Oct. 23 (also their homecoming)
Additional events include:
“Pink Out Friday,”Friday, Oct. 9: The community is invited to join the Health System in wearing pink on Pink Out Friday in support of the women and men diagnosed with breast cancer. Email photos of you and your friends in Pink Out attire to firstname.lastname@example.org. These will be posted on the Health System Facebook page at facebook.com/SGHScares.
Community Lecture: An Evening With Our Breast Care Team, Tuesday, Oct. 6; 6-7:30 p.m.:A panel of Health System breast care experts will address questions and provide important information on topics ranging from preventative mammograms to cancer treatment.Panelists include: Steve Barr, M.D., plastic surgeon; Stephen Barrett, M.D., general surgeon; Diane Bowen, M.D., plastic surgeon; Kenyon Meadows, M.D., radiation oncologist; Duane Moores, M.D., medical oncologist; and, Karen Crosby, R.N., BSN, breast care navigator. Location: Brunswick Campus, Linda S. Pinson Conference Center, Brunswick. Space is limited, to reserve a seat, call 1-855-ASK-SGHS (1-855-275-7447).
An Evening With Our Breast Care Team, Thursday, Oct. 8; 6-7:30 p.m.:A second night with our experts to provide important breast care health information to the Camden County community, panelists include: Damon Brantley, M.D., general surgeon; Abraham Cheong, M.D., medical oncologist; Bradley Easterlin, M.D., plastic surgeon; Bruce Tripp, M.D., radiation oncologist; and Karen Crosby, R.N., BSN, breast care navigator. Location: Millhouse Steak House, Kingsland. Space is limited, to reserve a seat, call 1-855-ASK-SGHS (1-855-275-7447).
Golden Isles Family YMCA Lunch and Learn, Wednesday, Oct. 28; 12 p.m.: Abreast cancer awareness community lecture will be presented by Abraham Cheong, M.D., medical oncologist, Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Hematology & Oncology. Location: YMCA, 144 Scranton Connector, Brunswick. Space is limited, to reserve a seat, call 912-265-4100.
“Make Breast Care a Routine for Life,” Oct.1-31: Patients who schedule mammogramsduring October will receive a breast cancer awareness gift. Those who complete the breast health quiz will be entered in a drawing to win a gift bag at the end of the month. To schedule a mammogram, please call 1-800-537-5142, ext. 5234.