HAZARD — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and several members of the community have joined with Hazard ARH to show support for the cause. Two events held over the past couple of weeks brought people together to enjoy fellowship with each other, while also striving to find a cure for breast cancer.
On October 1, folks gathered at the ARH complex in Airport Gardens for Oktoberfest. The event served as a benefit for the ARH Cancer Expansion Project and Run for the Hills. The annual Run for the Hills Charity Challenge took place earlier that day in downtown Hazard.
The Run For The Hills Charity Challenge provides a 3-month challenge grant campaign to local non-profits. Money raised by each of the nonprofit partners during the campaign goes to support their daily operations.
On Oct. 4, ARH hosted a “Think Pink” luncheon in honor of breast cancer awareness at the Medical Mall in Hazard. During the lunch, attendees received breast cancer information and also had the opportunity to hear cancer patient testimonials. Details on the new technology available at the ARH Breast Center was provided. Following the lunch, a ribbon cutting and open house was held for the new state-of-the-art ARH Breast Center.
Studies indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer. Nearly 200 thousand women in the United States are diagnosed with the disease each year. Thanks to the efforts of people, like those who showed their support for breast cancer awareness in Hazard this month, major strides have been made in the advancement of treatment procedures. Breast cancer can develop in both men and women. Early detection is a key element of survival. Medical professionals encourage women to have mammograms and check for lumps regularly. If a lump is detected, visit your doctor immediately.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.