First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady leads Kentucky Oaks 'Pink Out' Day

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 01, 2009  
Contact Information:  Jay Blanton
Jill Midkiff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As part of the Horses and Hope program created by First Lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program, Churchill Downs has encouraged all attendees of the 135th annual Kentucky Oaks today to wear a pink article of clothing in support of a “pink out” to raise breast cancer awareness.

Horses and Hope works with the state’s equine industry to identify new opportunities to provide breast cancer education, screening and treatment referral, as well as to raise funds to sustain programs into the future.

Partnering with Horses and Hope for today’s special event is the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Susan G. Komen founder/CEO Nancy Brinker and over 100 breast cancer survivors will join Mrs. Beshear in her efforts to promote breast cancer awareness and education. After Ms. Binker and Mrs. Beshear present the winning jockey with the traditional lilies in the winner’s circle, survivors will form a human winner’s circle around the victorious filly.

Since the program’s founding in 2008, Horses and Hope has hosted Breast Cancer Race Days at major racetracks across the state including Ellis Park, Turfway Park, Churchill Downs and Keeneland.

“The opportunity for Horses and Hope to join forces with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Churchill Downs for this special event has been a truly wonderful opportunity,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Today’s Kentucky Oaks “pink out” will take breast cancer awareness to new heights.”

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Kentucky’s women.  According to the Kentucky Cancer Registry, approximately 2,700 new cases are 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.

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