The Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center and ESU Kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month With Pink Light Walk
NOTE: The education tables at this event will be inside the lobby of ESU’s Science and Technology Center, because of rain. The walk will take place as scheduled.
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono (LVH–Pocono) will host the 19th annual Pink Light Walk on Thursday, October 3 at 5 p.m.
In collaboration with LVH–Pocono’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society and Prime Time Health of Monroe County’s Area Agency on Aging, the walk is held each year to raise awareness about breast cancer, remember those we have lost to the disease, and emphasize the importance of early screening and detections when it comes to breast cancer.
This year’s Pink Light Walk is organized by the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center’s Breast Health Nurse Navigator, Caroline McConnell, ESU Wellness Education and Prevention Coordinator, Laura Suits, a committee from both organizations, and other members from the community. “I am honored every day to be able to be a part of patients’ journeys through the stages of their treatment,” said McConnell.
Prior to the walk, at 5 p.m., education tables with interactive programs and information regarding LVH-Pocono’s free mammogram voucher program service will be held in the ESU Science and Technology Center on Normal Street. The Pink Light Walk will begin from there at 6 p.m. and will end at the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center located on 181 East Brown Street, East Stroudsburg, where there will be refreshments and a speech by breast cancer survivor and honorary chair of this year’s committee, Elizabeth Wheeler.
“My cancer journey started out a little rocky but as time went by, I fought the fight and now I’m walking the walk,” Wheeler said.
“As a member of our community, a long-time employee of the Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center, and past president of LVH-Pocono Auxiliary, I am encouraged by the strong partnerships established with our hospital. To have a community come together to raise awareness and support for needed breast health services gives hope to the people who battle with this disease,” said Shawn Thoms, oncology service line analyst II. “Early detection is the first line of defense in our war against cancer, and events like the Pink Light Walk bring attention to preventive services, support, and needs for those who are touched by breast cancer.”
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