WILMINGTON — CMH Regional Health System is set to host its biggest annual event — the ninth annual Brake for Breakfast breast cancer awareness event from 6 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Last year’s event set a record with more than 900 attendees; Tuesday’s will be hosted at the Foster J. Boyd, MD Regional Cancer Center — A Member of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute’s (OSUCCC – James) James Cancer Network.
Greg Nielsen, CMH CEO, emphasized why this event is such a critical part of the hospital’s outreach each year.
“Breast cancer is our second most treated cancer here at CMH, so this event — and its message of early detection — is critically important,” he said. “We know that by helping women find cancer earlier, that we can improve their treatment outcomes, and that is why we’re so passionate about this event — if we can reach even one woman who needs that mammogram, it’s worth it.”
Clinton County schools are again showing up in big numbers — Wilmington, Blanchester, Clinton-Massie and East Clinton high schools have all stepped up to help pack bags and welcome attendees with cheers and messages of support and encouragement.
Breakfast this year will be a Panera “Pink Ribbon” bagel and fresh fruit. Attendees can expect a to-go breakfast as well as giveaways from CMH, the OSUCCC – James and Riverside Radiology. Every bag will have information on mammography, treatment at the cancer center, cancer screening resources, and more from The American Cancer Society.
CMH’s affiliation with the OSUCCC – James through The James Cancer Network means that CMH patients have access to clinical trials, the OSUCCC – James’ existing treatment plans, and National Comprehensive Cancer Care Network (NCCN)-derived guidelines for the delivery of chemotherapy. OSUCCC – James physicians, including Dr. Mark Collins (Director of Medical Oncology) and Dr. Steve Walston (radiation oncologist), see patients full-time at Foster J. Boyd, MD Regional Cancer Center.
Dr. Collins has served as Director of Medical Oncology at the cancer center since July 2015, and is looking forward to taking part in this year’s event,
“Early detection is critical,” he said. “Breast cancer is treatable and survivable, but we have to catch it early. Events like Brake for Breakfast are so important, and I’m proud and excited to be involved again year.”
Brake for Breakfast will take place at Foster J. Boyd, MD Regional Cancer Center at 31 Farquhar Ave., Wilmington. Attendees are asked to enter through the parking lot on West Locust Street and exit on Farquhar Avenue.
More information about this year’s Brake for Breakfast is available on the Clinton Memorial Hospital Facebook page or by calling the cancer center at 937-283-2273.
For help in scheduling a screening mammogram, please contact your primary care provider or call 937-382-9595.