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YWCA of St. Joseph Plans Breast Cancer Awareness Events

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthAccording to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. On average, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes, and every 13 minutes, a woman dies from breast cancer. For all these reasons and more, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

At the YWCA of St. Joseph, breast cancer early detection is a program focus, and every year we host events to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness during the months of September and October. Take a look at some of the events we have planned for 2017:

Bling a Bra: This popular event invites local businesses, organizations and individuals to decorate a bra and enter it into the Bling a Bra contest. Entrants often use a theme, with last year’s participants choosing “Check Your Humps for Lumps” with a camel design, and a baseball-themed bra that encouraged the public to “Save Second Base.”

Participants can turn in their designs between September 1 and 29, and the top six entries will be taken to the Josephine Expo, where people will vote for their favorites. The winner receives the World Cups award, in addition to ultimate bra bragging rights. Proceeds from this event benefit the YWCA breast cancer awareness and education efforts.

Lunch and Learns: The ENCORE Lunch and Learn series for breast cancer awareness is coming soon. Make plans now to join these exciting events and bring a friend along. You’ll learn from health professionals about advancements in breast cancer treatment, in addition to news about education and awareness. Each Lunch and Learn event is free to attend, with lunch provided!

Each Lunch and Learn will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. Make your reservation for a Lunch and Learn by contacting Martha Brookshier, ENCORE Program Coordinator, at mbrookshier@ywcasj.org or by calling 232-4481. Choose one or more of the following convenient dates and locations:

September 20th:          Lunch and Learn at the YWCA

September 27th:          Lunch and Learn at InterServ, 200 Cherokee

On October 7, the YWCA will be an official sponsor of “Paint the Parkway Pink” (the first time the YWCA is an official Paint the Parkway Pink sponsor). Participate in Paint the Parkway Pink in the morning, then vote for the World Cups winning bra at the 2017 Josephine Women’s Expo, Saturday, Oct. 7, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Civic Arena!

Oct. 18 is the Annual Pink Tea Luncheon at YWCA, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Join us with a friend for tea and lunch in support of breast cancer education and awareness. RSVP to 232-4481. Tickets: $15 each. This event helps support the YWCA breast cancer awareness and education efforts. And on October 19, join us for Ladies Night Out (Paint Night). 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the YWCA, followed by Celebracion Rosa on October 27. Celebracion Rosa is a karaoke night at the YWCA from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation reports that death rates from breast cancer have been declining since around 1990, largely because of increased awareness, better screening and early detection. Join the YWCA of St. Joseph in this important effort to increase breast cancer awareness in our community!

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