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First Lady Glenna Fletcher Hosts the Celebration of Hope for all Breast Cancer Survivors
Press Release Date:  May 3, 2004
Contact:  Jodi George

In collaboration with the KCP, the First Lady initiates a statewide public education and awareness campaign

Frankfort, KY: First Lady Glenna Fletcher hosted the seventh annual “Celebration of Hope” in honor of Kentucky’s breast cancer survivors.  This event was held today, May 3, 1:30 pm at the Governor’s Mansion.

Mrs. Fletcher announced today at this luncheon she will initiate a statewide public education and awareness campaign in collaboration with the Kentucky Cancer Program.  The purpose of this initiative is to encourage women 65 years of age and older to obtain routine breast cancer screening in accordance with nationally recognized guidelines.

“Early screening, detection, and treatment create breast cancer survivors,” stated Mrs. Fletcher. A former nurse, Mrs. Fletcher is an advocate of Healthy Kentucky Legislation, an initiative that would assess health problems plaguing our state and then create a plan of action for improvement.

Both nationally and in Kentucky, breast cancer is the most common cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.

The Breast Cancer Coalition, the Brown Cancer Center, UK Healthcare and UK Markey Cancer Center, Amgen, St. Joseph Healthcare and other private donors sponsored this event.  Donations reached $23,000.00.

This year special guests Kevin Richardson (singer with the Backstreet Boys) and his mother spoke of their personal experience with cancer. Kevin’s father died of colorectal cancer and he has become a spokesperson for the National Alliance of Colorectal Cancer.

The Celebration of Hope has become a tradition for breast cancer survivors to gather together to honor and share their stories of survival. Over 2700 names are maintained in the commonwealth’s only known breast cancer survivor database.




Last updated: Thursday, May 27, 2004