ARMC Will Host Eleventh Annual Breast Cancer Survivor Celebration

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– ARMC’s 11th Annual Breast Cancer Survivor Celebration, themed “An Afternoon in Paris,” will honor approximately 80 women. These courageous survivors will be recognized with a special luncheon and a fashion show featuring clothing from Devi, a Redlands boutique. Six breast cancer survivors will model clothing from the store.

“We regularly do fashion shows to benefit the community,” said Devi Foland, who was the inspiration for the store, which is owned by Devi’s mom, Debbie Foland-Binyon. “The objective of the fashion show is to help give women some confidence. It boosts their self-esteem to see themselves in fashionable clothes.”

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ARMC also holds “Pink Wednesdays.” Each Wednesday during October, employees are encouraged to wear pink clothing to show their support. A “Tree of Honor” is located in the Medical Center’s main lobby and symbolizes courage, hope and strength for those affected by breast cancer. Visitors and staff members can place a pink ribbon on the tree and write a note in a commemorative book.

In addition, ARMC’s Mammography Task Force, which consists of representatives from Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Administration, Medical Imaging and other departments, has been actively reaching out to patients to encourage them to get mammograms, said Victoria Ogunrinu, RN, assistant hospital administrator at ARMC for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP).

“We are increasing our screenings for breast cancer, which can ultimately help save lives,” said Ogunrinu.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. At this time there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

This year’s Breast Cancer Survivor Celebration is sponsored by the ARMC Foundation, ARMC Medical Executive Committee, Devi, Arrowhead Credit Union, and Dr. Della Bennett. The Open House, which is being held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 23, will provide ARMC staff and sponsors with the opportunity to see their donated items on display.

ARMC, a university affiliated teaching hospital, is a state-of-the-art acute care facility with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services including a Level II trauma center, mobile medical clinic, primary stroke center, and a regional burn center. For more information about ARMC, go to: www.arrowheadmedcenter.org.

WHO:             Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

WHAT:           Eleventh Annual Breast Cancer Survivor Celebration and Fashion Show

WHEN:           Open House from 11 a.m. to noon. Luncheon at 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

WHERE:         Oak Conference Room, Main Lobby, First Floor, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, 400 N. Pepper Avenue, Colton

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