In The Pink Luncheon set for Oct. 5

September 26, 2012

2011 In The Pink Luncheon

The 2012 Mercy Hot Springs In The Pink Luncheon to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure will be held Friday, Oct. 5.

The featured speaker for the event, which will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Horner Hall inside Hot Springs Convention Center, is local breast cancer survivor Debbie Gregor. Her cancer was discovered by Mercy Hot Springs’ mobile mammography unit.

“This event is really a celebration,” said Mercy Hot Springs President Tim Johnsen. “Hope, friendship and celebration of the bond between your caregivers and you.”

The theme for this year’s In The Pink Luncheon is “Highway to Hope,” recognizing Mercy Hot Springs recent purchase of a new mobile mammography van. In addition to the luncheon, there will be a silent auction, entertainment, drawing for door prizes and a fashion show.

Since its inaugural voyage in late July, the Mercy Mobile Health Services Van has logged more than 2,000 miles. Of the first 86 screening mammograms performed, 15 were referred for further testing or evaluation and two were diagnosed as breast cancer.

The 40-foot, $680,000 van is one of only five mobile units in the state of Arkansas. It was purchased after gifts from donors, volunteers and co-workers.

This is the 11th In The Pink Luncheon hosted by Mercy Hot Springs, which has served the region since 1888. Established in 1982, Komen for the Cure has become an international organization – with a network of volunteers working through local chapters and Race for the Cure events in over 100 American cities – fighting to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment.

For ticket information, call the Mercy Women’s Center at 501-622-2277.

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