By now, we all know what the pink ribbon stands for. Breast cancer awareness has become an entity all its own with the pink ribbon symbolizing so much more than treatments and therapy. With October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a few weeks away, a full spectrum of cancer survivor stories and cancer triumphs will be shared. Major retailers, brands and personalities will wear their pink proudly and join the march for even greater awareness. It’s all so comprehensive and wonderful that it can be difficult for one person to think that his or her contribution makes a difference.
But it does.
As a CEO, I am in an influential position of providing patients with a trusted resource where they can seek advice and treatments. Outside of Coral Gables Executive Physicians, I support the Baptist Health Breast Center CareCoach and Genetic Testing Programs, which provide compassionate support and individualized attention to breast cancer patients and their families during and after treatment. The center’s genetic testing program also educates patients and families as to whether they and/or other family members are at risk for developing breast cancer.
However, I felt I could do more. So this year, I assumed the responsibilities of chair for the 7th Annual Pineapple Sauté and Sip Host Committee. We will welcome guests to the fun, interactive dinner, on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott Marquis, where they will cook alongside celebrity chefs. Funds raised will benefit Baptist Health Breast Center CareCoach and Genetic Testing Programs.
This October, I urge you to consider how you can be a part of the pink ribbon movement. Because there are never too many people on board to fight these statistics from the National Breast Cancer Foundation:
• One in eight woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
• Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
• Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
• Each year, it is estimated that more than 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
• Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.
I’ll make it easy for you. Simply join us for the 7th Annual Pineapple Sauté and Sip, and we will do more for breast cancer awareness and action together.