The Breast Center at Floyd is once again teaming with the Rome Chick-fil-A Dwarf House and local radio stations South 107, Q102, Life 93.5 FM and WRGA to remind women of the value of annual mammography and early detection.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this is the eleventh year for the morning tradition at the Dwarf House. Floyd’s Breast Health Advocates, Mobile Mammography Coach, staff from The Breast Center at Floyd and other Floyd departments will be on hand to provide educational material, hand out breast health awareness reminders and to promote the importance of comprehensive breast care.
Pink Day at Chick-fil-A is planned for Friday, Sept. 30 from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. at the Dwarf House, 264 Shorter Ave. in Rome
“Many women know the value of an annual mammogram, but they do not understand the value of establishing a baseline mammogram, of a monthly breast self exam and a comprehensive clinical breast exam performed by a trained expert. All these services are available at Rome’s only comprehensive Breast Center of Excellence,” said Aimee Griffin, director of The Breast Center at Floyd. “Our program is designed to provide women all of these tools and in providing our patients with rapid diagnoses and follow-up appointments, many of which happen within 24 hours of a mammogram.”
Floyd’s Mobile Mammography Coach, equipped with state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment, is integral to the mission of The Breast Center. Last fiscal year, 2,378 women received mammograms on the Mobile Coach. Of those, 1,189 women were past due for a mammogram, 594 women had never had a mammogram before and 315 screenings revealed an abnormality that required further testing. Eight women were diagnosed with cancer as a result of their visit to the mobile mammography coach, which traveled 7,776 miles in fiscal year 2011.
Pink Day at Chick-fil-A is one of many events planned as part of the organization’s breast health awareness initiative:
Voices and Visions Art Exhibit: Monday, now through Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays @ The Breast Center at Floyd. This collection of 45 works of art, testimonials and photos from 27 artists, all of whom have been dramatically affected by women’s cancers. It gives voice to those who have been touched by women’s health issues, particularly cancer, either as survivors, as patients themselves or as friends or family members of a woman with a cancer diagnosis.
Chick-Fil-A Dwarf House Breast Health Awareness Kick-Off : Friday, Sept 30, 6-9 a.m. @ the Chick-fil-a Dwarf House in Rome. Floyd staff members will join with Southern Broadcasting stations South 107, Q102, WRGA-AM and Life 93.5 FM for our annual breast health awareness breakfast event. The Mobile Mammography Coach and Breast Health Advocates will be on hand to encourage women to schedule an annual mammogram.
Hometown Fall Festival: Saturday, Oct. 1, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. in downtown Cedartown on Main Street. Representatives of The Breast Center and other Floyd services will join arts and crafts and food vendors at this festival.
Vera Bradley Breast Health Awareness Day: Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. @ Bella Luna, East Third Avenue in Rome. Vera Bradley’s daughter will present the new Vera Bradley Breast Cancer Awareness pattern and will autograph purses at the event. Representatives of The Breast Center at Floyd will be there to present breast health awareness information and education. A portion of sale proceeds will benefit The Breast Center at Floyd.
Hustle for Hope 5K: Saturday, Oct. 8, 6-11 a.m. @ downtown Cedartown. This is the second year for the Hustle for Hope, organized by Floyd nurse leader and Breast Health Advocate Konda Dizon and her daughter, Heather Ball. Proceeds from this 5K and one mile Family Fun Run benefit The Breast Center at Floyd, and Breast Center staff members will be in attendance with an awareness message. Contact Konda Dizon at 706.509.6542 or Stacie Davis at 706.509.5192 for more information.
Shades of Pink Fashion Show & Silent Auction: Thursday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. VIP Pink Party begins at 6 p.m. @ Forrest Place, 436 Broad St., Rome. The Forrest Place Ballroom will be transformed into a pink fashion house for a fun evening of fashion and all things pink. Local models, both male and female, will show off the latest fashions from local clothing stores, and samples from the Voices and Visions, Standing on the Bridge Between Health and Disease art exhibit will be on display. Tickets are available at Blue Sky Outfitters, The Clotheshorse and Floyd Healthcare Foundation. Contact Cassidy Carter at 706.509.3292 for more information.
Three Rivers Run 5K and 2 mile Health Walk: Saturday, Oct. 15, 6-11 a.m. @ Floyd Corporate Support Center, 420 E. Second Ave., in Rome. Proceeds from the inaugural 5K and health walk will benefit The Breast Center at Floyd. The Mobile Mammography Coach, Breast Health Advocates, representatives from The Breast Center and Floyd Healthcare Foundation will participate, providing breast health awareness and education. Register to run at www.active.com. Contact Cheryl Shippey at 706.509.3291 for more information.
Shorter University Border Battle for Breast Cancer Awareness Softball Tournament : Saturday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ Alto Park Softball Complex, Burnett Ferry Road. The 5th annual tournament will feature six teams and all proceeds will benefit The Breast Center at Floyd.
Chiaha Harvest Fair: Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday Oct. 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ Ridge Ferry Park in Rome. Representatives from The Breast Center will provide awareness and education, joining 120 artists, craftsmen, vendors and other exhibitors at the 47th annual event.
Roam’n Wings Motorcycle Fun Day: Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. @ Dykes Creek Baptist Church, 46 Dykes Creek Church Road, in Rome. This 5th annual motorcycle event is also Chapter L’s 25th anniversary. It will include a mini health fair, silent auction, motorcycle seminar, ride like a pro demonstration and lunch. Proceeds benefit The Breast Center at Floyd.