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First Lady Glenna Fletcher Encourages Kentuckians to Participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 18, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Bells of Hope and Remembrance to raise awareness on National Mammography Day

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Glenna Fletcher is encouraging all Kentuckians to participate in Bells of Hope and Remembrance, a community breast cancer awareness event, taking place on National Mammography Day, which is Friday, October 20.

The Bells of Hope and Remembrance program is organized by the Kentucky Section of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.  The goal of the event is to raise awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection. 

“Bells of Hope and Remembrance pays tribute to those who have courageously fought breast cancer and to those who continue to fight this dreadful disease,” said Mrs. Fletcher.  “It is our hope to instill in Kentucky women the knowledge needed to take better care of their health.  It is fitting that this event should take place on National Mammography Day, reminding everyone of the importance of yearly mammograms for women over 40 years of age.”

Places of worship across the state are asked to toll their bells at noon in support of those who are fighting breast cancer and in memory of those who have lost their lives to the disease.  Additionally, individuals are asked to pause for a moment of silence to remember loved ones who have died of breast cancer, honor those who are fighting to survive and remind everyone about the critical role mammography can play in the early detection of breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society estimates 3,220 Kentucky women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year for the first time, and 620 women in the state will die from this often treatable disease.

For more than 20 years, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October has been associated with activities designed to educate and inform the public about the importance of regular breast cancer screenings, early detection and treatment.  Kentucky traditionally joins this annual observance to promote public education and awareness of breast cancer in hopes of reducing the incidence of the disease and help more women overcome it.

Governor and Mrs. Fletcher are committed to promoting breast cancer awareness as part of the Get Healthy Kentucky! initiative to improve the quality of life and health of Kentuckians through an emphasis on wellness and disease prevention.

In Frankfort, the Women’s Missionary Union, the Frankfort Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Bosom Buddies and the Franklin County Health Department will join at noon on the steps of the First Baptist Church to participate in Bells of Hope and Remembrance.  The public is invited to attend.  For more information, call Debbie Fleming at 502-564-5559.