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First Lady Jane Beshear invites Kentuckians to attend Turfway Park's Third 'Horses and Hope' Race Day
FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear is inviting Kentuckians to attend a Breast Cancer Race Day at Turfway Park Race Course in Florence, Ky. For the third year, race-goers are encouraged to wear pink articles of clothing to raise breast cancer awareness on Sept. 24, 2010, as part of the Horses and Hope program created by Mrs. Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program.
“By hosting Horses and Hope Race Days, Turfway Park has demonstrated a commitment to spreading breast cancer awareness and recognizing survivors,” said Mrs. Beshear. “I encourage Kentuckians to go to the races and show support for the battle against breast cancer.”
The race day will feature a special reception tent for breast cancer survivors beginning at 5:30 p.m. In honor of Horses and Hope, the fillies and mares running in the fifth race will wear pink saddle cloths, and former First Lady Judi Patton will present a Horses and Hope trophy to the winning owner. A group of survivors will gather for a photo in the winner’s circle. Rep. Addia Wuchner of Florence, a breast cancer survivor, will also be in attendance.
New to this year’s event will be the Kentucky Thorough-Breasts, the Commonwealth’s first dragon boat racing team. Made up of breast cancer survivors and supporters, the team races under the tagline “Fillies for a Cure,” and will conduct a rose ceremony. The Kentucky Thorough-Breasts are an affiliate of Paddling for Cancer Awareness Inc.
According to the Kentucky Cancer Registry, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the Commonwealth. Approximately 3,000 Kentucky women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
Horses and Hope works with the state’s equine industry to provide breast cancer education, screening and treatment referral. The organization also hosts special events in collaboration with equestrian organizations to honor breast cancer survivors and to share information.
Since the program was founded in 2008, Horses and Hope has hosted Breast Cancer Race Days at major racetracks across the state, including Ellis Park, Churchill Downs and Keeneland. Horses and Hope has educated more than 275,000 race track and horse show fans and more than 5,000 equine employees. The program has screened more than 200 workers and detected breast cancer in two individuals, both of whom have received treatment.
For more information about Horses and Hope, visit http://www.horsesandhope.org.