Can­cer sur­vivor walk­ing 104 miles to raise aware­ness for screen­ings

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WEST CH­ESTER >> And she’s off.

Breast can­cer sur­vivor He­len Mich­ener, a grad­u­ate of the Ch­ester County Hospi­tal Nurs­ing School, be­gan her “Free­dom from Breast Can­cer: A Sur­vivor’s Walk” on Mon­day.

On Tues­day, Mich­ener’s walk­ing jour­ney brought her to Ch­ester County Hospi­tal.

Mich­ener is a three-year breast can­cer sur­vivor and has turned her di­ag­no­sis into a dream of mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. She is walk­ing across Penn­syl­va­nia to ed­u­cate women on the im­por­tance of early de­tec­tion for breast can­cer.

Stay­ing true to that mis­sion, she stopped at Ch­ester County Hospi­tal to high­light the work of the PA Breast Can­cer Coali­tion and High­mark’s “Nudge” Cam­paign.

The hospi­tal set up Mich­ener with a ta­ble out­side of the hospi­tal café so she could an­swer ques­tions and share in­for­ma­tion about the sup­port and work of the coali­tion as well as use High­mark’s “Nudge Kit” to gen­tly re­mind peo­ple to get the can­cer screen­ings that saved her life.

The hospi­tal was ea­ger to sup­port Mich­ener on her jour­ney be­cause of its own ac­tive in­volve­ment in the care of breast can­cer pa­tients, sur­vivors and the com­mu­nity. The Abram­son Can­cer Cen­ter brings the lat­est ad­vances in can­cer treat­ment, sup­port net­works, clin­i­cal tri­als and con­sis­tency of care to Ch­ester County. The hospi­tal’s Com­mu­nity Health and Well­ness ser­vices holds nu­mer­ous events, in­for­ma­tion ses­sions and screen­ings through­out the county to raise aware­ness about the im­por­tance of early de­tec­tion.

In ad­di­tion to the ad­vanced can­cer treat­ment and health and well­ness ini­tia­tives, The Ch­ester County Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion holds sev­eral fundrais­ing events to sup­port the Abram­son Can­cer Cen­ter at Ch­ester County Hospi­tal.

The 25th An­nual Dil­worth­town Inn Wine Fes­ti­val will be held Oct. 9, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Dil­worth­town Inn in West Ch­ester.

Mich­ener will cover 104 miles from the Lib­erty Bell in Philadel­phia to the Capi­tol in Harrisburg.

She will be mak­ing ad­di­tional stops in New­town Square, Down­ing­town, Gap, Lan­caster, Mount Joy and Mid­dle­town be­fore cross­ing the fin­ish line in Harrisburg on Oct. 9.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Breast can­cer sur­vivor and ac­tivist He­len Mich­ener, a grad­u­ate of the Ch­ester County Hospi­tal Nurs­ing School, be­gan her “Free­dom from Breast Can­cer: A Sur­vivor’s Walk” on Mon­day. On Tues­day, Mich­ener’s walk­ing jour­ney brought her to the Ch­ester County Hospi­tal.

Breast can­cer sur­vivor and ac­tivist He­len Mich­ener.

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