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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Foundation battles breast cancer with Think Pink event

  • The Providence Saint John Foundation is hoping to paint the town pink come Thursday.

     


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  • The Providence Saint John Foundation is hoping to paint the town pink come Thursday.
    The foundation, which serves the Leavenworth-based Saint John Hospital and Kansas City, Kansas’ Providence Medical Center, is planning its third annual Think Pink event, which is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Painted Hills Golf Club at 71st Street and Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kan.
    Nicole Levy, a development associate for the foundation, said this will be the first year for the event at Painted Hills.
    “It’s an annual event that started with awareness,” of women’s health issues and coincides with breast cancer awareness month, she said.
    This year, Levy said those who attend can expect jewelry and other vendors, complimentary food and cocktails, and a silent and live auctions. She said the silent auction includes tickets to the Kansas City T-Bones, Sporting Kansas City and the Kansas City Symphony, among other items. The live auction will include, among the items, chairs hand-decorated by various local civic and community groups. There will also be a raffle that each attendee will be entered into with their admission fee for an iPad.
    In accordance with the main focus of the event — women’s health and especially breast cancer — medical experts from Providence and Saint John’s Cancer Care centers will be on hand as well, answering questions and giving advice about all aspects of breast cancer and women’s well-being.
    “The most important thing is that we get across tips about prevention and health,” Levy said.
    A number of survivors are also scheduled to attend, including a 100-year-old breast cancer survivor, Levy said.
    The proceeds from the event will also help in the goal of helping raise awareness and the hope for a cure — this year, she said the foundation has set up a Think Pink fund that will be available for health professionals at the two hospitals to care for those with breast cancer. That may include caring for uninsured patients diagnosed with breast cancer at either of the facilities, according to Levy. It can also help increase access to screenings and other preventative measures.
    She said tickets to the event cost $40 and reservations can be made by calling 913-596-4151 or visiting psjf.org.
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