Breast can­cer aware­ness at mall

Health care pro­fes­sion­als will join lo­cal dragon boat team at Lans­downe Place on Satur­day

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - KAILEIGH HOWARD Spe­cial to The Ex­am­iner

Oc­to­ber is Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month, and so the lo­cal dragon boat team Sur­vivors Abreast has or­ga­nized an in­for­ma­tion fair.

On Satur­day, visi­tors are wel­come to at­tend the event, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Land­sowne Place’s Cen­tre Court.

The dragon boat team has in­vited lo­cal health-care pro­fes­sion­als to set up dis­plays with staff to give the pub­lic in­for­ma­tion about breast can­cer di­ag­no­sis, treat­ment and re­cov­ery.

Or­ga­ni­za­tions tak­ing part in­clude the Breast As­sess­ment Cen­tre, Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Health Cen­tre, Hospice Peter­bor­ough, Cen­tral East Com­mu­nity Care Ac­cess Cen­tre, My Left Breast, Sur­vivors Abreast Dragon Boat Team, Crys­tal Lyons RMT lym­phatic drainage spe­cial­ist, Kyla Gutsche, cos­metic trans­for­ma­tions and face paint­ing by Christy Smith of FACE IT... If I Paint it, They Will Come!

Staff from all or­ga­ni­za­tions will be on hand to an­swer any ques­tions and give as much as­sis­tance as pos­si­ble.

Brid­get Les­lie, the owner of My Left Breast, is the chair­woman of the event’s or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­tee.

“Peo­ple who are im­pacted by breast can­cer come into my store ev­ery day and I hear their sto­ries,” Les­lie stated.

“I know first­hand from these con­ver­sa­tions and from my own di­ag­no­sis of breast can­cer that aware­ness and early de­tec­tion are re­ally im­por­tant. They are the best tools we have.”

The pub­lic will also be able to en­joy other at­trac­tions in­clud­ing face paint­ing, pink rib­bon tat­toos, videos re­lated to breast can­cer to watch and free pink car­na­tions as sym­bols of breast can­cer.

Dona­tions of gen­tly used bras for the Bras Around The Build­ing event, hap­pen­ing on Oct. 26, will also be wel­comed.

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