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First Lady Jane Beshear celebrates one year anniversary of ‘Horses and Hope’ program

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 17, 2009  
Contact Information:  Jay Blanton
Sarah Baird

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Joined by thoroughbred industry leaders and breast cancer advocates from across the Commonwealth, First Lady Jane Beshear today celebrated the one year anniversary and phenomenal success of the Horses and Hope program.

The Governor’s Mansion filled with breast cancer survivors and community leaders alike as advocates joined forces to commemorate the significant impact Horses and Hope has had on increasing breast cancer prevention and awareness since its inception in 2008.

Every year between 2,800 and 3,200 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the second leading cause of death for women in Kentucky. Such a staggering statistic led Mrs. Beshear to develop Horses and Hope: an initiative to educate, improve awareness and offer screenings for the often overlooked members of Kentucky’s horse industry.

“Over the past year, the overwhelming amount of support from partners for the Horses and Hope program has been truly outstanding,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Thanks to these groups as well as our committed volunteers and steering committee—The Pink Stable—we will be able to ensure that our next years of operation are even more inclusive as we work together to provide information about the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.”

The figures for the inaugural year of Horses and Hope are remarkable:

  • Four of Kentucky’s primary racetracks—Ellis Park, Turfway Park, Keeneland and Churchill Downs—were sites of Breast Cancer Race Day celebrations.
  • Over 760 track workers were educated about the importance of testing for breast cancer.
  • Six screening dates using mobile mammogram technologies at Kentucky’s racetracks led to the further testing and diagnosis of breast cancer in two individuals.
  • 1,790 Race Day survivors and guests were in attendance at Horses and Hope events, including 135 at the 2009 Kentucky Oaks “Pink Out” Day.
  • Over 125,246 Race Day fans have learned more about the importance of being tested as well as about the prevalence of breast cancer in the Commonwealth.
  • To date, approximately $96,361 has been raised to help continue this important, life-saving program.

For more information about how to become involved in the Horses and Hope program and for information about upcoming 2009 Breast Cancer Race Days, visit: