First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 06, 2008  
Contact Information:  Jay Blanton
Jill Midkiff

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Standing near the Rose Garden of the Capitol campus, First Lady Jane Beshear today presented Frankfort breast cancer survivors Monika Clark, Ellen Moore and Charlotte Wall with a proclamation in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Every day, a mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt, daughter, or best friend will be diagnosed with breast cancer,” Beshear said.  “Many former First Ladies championed the fight against this terrible disease.  I’m happy to continue the legacy left by those amazing women.”

Earlier this year, Beshear announced “Horses and Hope,” a program combining her love of horses with her passion to bring awareness to and prevention of breast cancer.

The Office of the First Lady has partnered with the Kentucky Cancer Program and racetracks across the state to host Breast Cancer Race Days.  At the tracks, breast cancer awareness, education and screening is provided to track workers and their families, placing special emphasis on the uninsured and underinsured.  “Horses and Hope” Breast Cancer Race Days will be held on October 24th at Keeneland and November 16th at Churchill Downs.

“Early detection of breast cancer can save lives and medical experts stress that every woman over 40 should have a yearly mammogram,” said the First Lady.

In addition to Horses and Hope, the First Lady also proudly carries on a tradition of former First Ladies naming Monday “Wear Pink to Work Day” for state employees.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Kentucky’s women.  According to the Kentucky Cancer Registry, an average of 2,700 new cases of breast cancer is diagnosed in Kentucky women each year.  Over the last five years, an average of nearly 600 Kentucky women has died each year from breast cancer.