October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Kingman Regional Medical Center is observing it with a variety of activities on health issues that affect women in our community.
Ribbon of lights
A large ribbon of pink lights is displayed outside KRMC facing Stockton Hill Road. Each light bulb represents a person in our community touched by breast cancer. Light bulbs can be purchased for $5 at the KRMC gift shop, KRMC Imaging Center or KRMC Cancer Center.
Proceeds benefit the KRMC Catch it Early program, which provides breast health education and services to local women. Call 681-5061 for more information.
Exclusive Otis Spunkmeyer cookie jars filled with freshly-baked cookies from KRMC's nutrition services department are available all month for $10 at the KRMC cafeteria. Additionally, they will be on sale at various community events during October, with proceeds benefitting the KRMC Catch it Early program.
'Catch It Early'
The early detection of breast cancer saves lives. Unfortunately, many women in our community cannot afford proper breast care, which includes annual mammograms to screen for early signs of breast cancer.
KRMC's "Catch It Early" program helps local women obtain the breast health care they need, regardless of their ability to pay. We work in collaboration with the Well Woman HealthCheck Program to provide free mammograms and other women's health care services to women who qualify. Additionally, every October, we offer screening mammograms at a substantial discount to women with high-deductible insurance. The maximum out-of-pocket expense for a mammogram during October is $55. To schedule a mammogram, call your primary care physician or contact the KRMC Imaging Center at 692-2727.
During October, you can purchase a chance to win a beautiful pink quilt that was handmade by Robin Rush, director of KRMC Nutrition Services. Raffle tickets will be on sale at various community events during October.
Additionally, you can purchase tickets at the KRMC Imaging Center, where the quilt is on display during October. All proceeds will go to the KRMC Catch it Early program.
'Go Pink Day'
On Friday, everyone in the community is encouraged to wear pink and to decorate their offices and businesses with pink to stand united for the day in support of women in our community. Then take a picture of your office and send to Scott Kern at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year, more than 30 Kingman businesses participated in this event, with KAOL Middle School winning the competition. The winner will be announced Oct. 30 and receive the large pink ribbon of lights displayed outside KRMC. If your office plans to participate in the competition, contact Scott Kern at 681-8656.
Women's Health Expo
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20, KRMC will sponsor the annual Women's Health Expo at the Medical Professional Center on the KRMC campus.
Numerous organizations will be participating in the event, offering screenings, free flu vaccines and information to enhance the health and well-being of women in our community.
In addition, attendees will be able to tour the new physician and service offices that have relocated or remodeled in the Medical Professional Center.
The event is free and open to the public, with food and prizes.
Breast Cancer Survivor Luncheon
Survivors of breast cancer are invited to a special luncheon in their honor Oct. 18 at KRMC. The meal is free and the program will feature inspirational stories and entertainment by local women who have triumphed over the disease.
Seating is limited, so R.S.V.P. before Friday by calling Teri Williams at 681-5061.