Staff and volunteers from UM Shore Regional Breast Center joined members of the community at last year’s Pink Ribbon ceremony to adorn the tree in front of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton with pink ribbons. The tree serves as a month-long reminder of the friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. This year’s ceremony takes place on Friday, September 27 at 11am.
University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness month with various activities throughout the month, all aimed at increasing awareness of the disease and the services available for prevention and treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, taking the lives of approximately 40,000 women annually.
Some of the planned activities include the following:
Pink Ribbon Hanging: To kick off the activities surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff and volunteers from UM Shore Regional Breast Center will hang pink ribbons in honor of those patients who were treated by the Breast Center in the past year. These ribbons will be hung on the large tree in the front circle at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. A public ribbon ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 26 at 11am. Once adorned with these ribbons, the tree will serve as a month-long reminder of the friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. This tree will be lit with pink lights throughout the month.
Penny McCafferty of Headrush 180 adds a pink per extension to Edla Coleman’s hair during last year’s Pink Hair fundraiser.
Pink Hair Fundraiser: Local salons are partnering with UM Shore Regional Breast Center to provide pink hair extensions to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. On Thursday, September 26, stylists from Headrush 180 will be at UM Shore Regional Breast Center to provide pink extensions. Tara Leigh from Shear Attitude of Cambridge will be at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester on October 2 from 7-10am and 10am-2pm. Outreach workers will be on hand at the 7-10am session to provide breast screening education.Pink Extensions will also be available at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center on October 16 from 4-6pm. Cost per extension will be $10 and proceeds benefit UM Shore Regional Breast Center. Participants will earn five Shore Shape Wellness points. Other dates for additional UM Shore Regional Health locations will be announced later this month. Payroll deduction is only available for the September 26 hair extensions.
Tree of Hope: To honor a loved one diagnosed with breast cancer, members of the public may come to the UM Shore Regional Breast Center and hang a pink ribbon on the Tree of Hope. The ribbons have space to write a loved one’s name or message and can be done in honor or remembrance. Visitors may come to the Tree of Hope Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.
Open House and Cancer Survivor Art Gallery Opening: The UM Shore Regional Breast Center art gallery will mark its fourth anniversary with an exhibit that features the art of breast and cancer survivors. The cancer survivor art exhibit opens on Friday, October 4 at the Breast Center. The public is invited to the grand opening of the exhibit, from 4-6 p.m. The exhibit will continue through the end of the year. The public is invited to attend an Open House, 3-4pm, to tour UM Shore Regional Breast Center and meet the staff.
Grand Opening, The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown: Capping off a busy month of breast cancer awareness activities on October 31 will be the long-awaited opening of The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center at UMSMC at Chestertown. The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center is funded by a generous bequest by Eleanor and Ethel Leh, and an extensive community grassroots campaign led by UMSMC at Chestertown employees. The Center features a advanced diagnostic equipment, including a 3-D digital mammography machine with tomosynthesis, which is the latest technology available in breast imaging technology.