More than 200 volunteers in pink T-shirts helped paint a 4,000 square-foot wall pink at Huntington Memorial Hospital, on Saturday in preparation for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The volunteers included patients, cancer physicians, surgeons, friends, family and staff members from Huntington’s breast cancer program.
“We painted the wall pink to draw attention to the importance of screening mammograms and early detection as well as to provide support to breast cancer survivors,” said Ruth Williamson, MD, medical director of Huntington Hospital’s radiation oncology program. Dr. Williamson helped paint the wall along with Jeannie Shen, MD, medical director for breast surgery. “We wanted to do something special to remind women − moms, daughters, wives, sisters − how important it is to have mammograms and self-breast exams,” said Dr. Shen.
During the pink wall event, NBC4 reporter Lolita Lopez spoke about her experience as a breast cancer patient at Huntington Hospital. “They helped me control my cancer, instead of letting my cancer control me,” she said. Lopez underwent a bilateral mastectomy less than two weeks ago but stood the front lines with other survivors to paint the wall pink at Saturday’s event.
The Huntington Hospital Breast Cancer Program brings together a specialized team of highly trained breast cancer experts who integrate multiple disciplines in a compassionate, comprehensive approach. State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging means more cancers are found at their earliest, treatable stages. Leading edge treatments lead to survival outcomes on par with results from university medical centers and research institutes. Huntington Hospital’s Nurse Navigators personally guide patients through every step of the journey. Huntington Hospital has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. For more information about the Huntington difference in breast cancer care, visit HuntingtonForHer.com.