NorthShore Goes Pink Celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month

NorthShore Care Supply’s new Manager of Customer Service Kelly lost her mother to breast cancer complications on September 11th, 2018. That’s part of the motivation behind her spirited fundraising efforts here at NorthShore this month.

“I am very passionate about breast cancer after losing my mother when she was only 68 years old,” says Kelly. “The other reason I am so committed to this cause is that 1 in 8 women develop this devastating disease each year in the U.S. That’s astounding!”

Breast Cancer Awareness Activities at NorthShore

Kelly, who has been at NorthShore since September, distributed bright pink flyers to employees promoting NorthShore’s big activity this month, “A Pie in the Face.”

Staff can pick which NorthShore manager they want to receive a pie in the face on Tuesday, October 15th. The employees who make the largest donations to each manager will have the honors of throwing a whipped cream or shaving cream pie at them.

“Our managers are being such good sports by volunteering to participate,” says Kelly. “I am glad we found a fun way to spread the word about breast cancer and generate interest here at NorthShore.”

Other activities during October include pink donut day, pink lemonade day, pink ribbon day (where each employee receives a pink ribbon), and wear pink day. NorthShore will donate all funds raised to the Susan G. Komen Organization.

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As part of breast cancer awareness activities at NorthShore, Kelly brought in donuts with pink ribbons, pink lemonade and strawberry milk. 

Early Detection is Key

According to the American Association for Cancer Research, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States. Common risk factors include being female, age, dense breast tissue, as well as hereditary considerations.

“Watching the physical and emotional toll breast cancer took on mom and the family was extremely difficult,” says Kelly.

Although more prevalent in women, breast cancer can affect men. Two thousand new cases of male breast cancer are discovered each year. Radiation exposure, high levels of estrogen and a family history of breast cancer can increase risk.

There are different types of breast cancer and causes are unknown so early detection is key in getting the necessary care and treatment. If caught early, there is a good chance breast cancer can be cured.

“My goal for activities such as a pie in the face, pink donuts, and pink ribbons is to convey a positive, helpful message,” says Kelly. “Donations are an added bonus to help us find a cure and provide more patient assistance and education.”

If you would like to support the cause, please go to the Susan G. Komen site.