Linked In Pink

October 31, 2011

Linked in Pink has record attendance

This year's Linked in Pink event drew a record-setting 326 participants and by all accounts it was a big success. The question is: How do you measure success?

"Having twenty-five percent of attendees make an appointment for a mammogram that very night is a good measure of success," says Trish Townsdin, CEO/President of Minnesota Valley Health Center (MVHC). "A mammogram can find cancers when they are very small, often several years before a lump or change can be felt. When found early, the chance for successful treatment is greatest."

The goal of MVHC's annual breast cancer event is to educate and empower women to reduce their risk of breast cancer and recognize the value of annual mammograms. It also celebrates the breast cancer survivors living in our communities.

"Twenty-five breast cancer survivors attended and were presented with a special gift to honor their courage and strength," Townsdin says. "Irene Manke, of Le Sueur, was the winner of a beautiful white robe in a drawing held exclusively for breast cancer survivors."

Through the generosity of local businesses, individuals, and organizations, everyone had an opportunity to sign up for a wide array of prizes at the MVHC booth. The winner of the Grand Prize – a queen-sized handmade quilt - was Deb Meyer, of Le Sueur.

Other winners were Erna Balk, Paula Billingsley, Margo Bjork, Darlene Boehne, Jane Buck, Taylor Edberg, Rosie Goggin, Mary Ann Harder, Laura Heinisch, Laurel Jaster, Allison Jones, Susan Jones, Pam Kraker, Ella Lang, Krista Latzke, Doreen Lehnert, Cindy Logue, Dana Manske, Sue McPartland, Deb Meyer, Pam Meyer, Mary Michels, Kristin Morrill, Edith Mutch, Betty Olson, Annetta Paulson, Mary Preuhs, Barb Schwartz, Joan Schwarz, Michelle Steiger, Deloris Streick, Monica Sullivan, Jeanie Sunderman, Stephanie Uballe, Sandee West, Doris Winter and Clarice Ziebarth.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. However, more and more women are surviving breast cancer today, largely because of early detection through mammography.

To make an appointment for a mammogram at Minnesota Valley Health Center, call the Radiology Department at 665-8679. Walk-ins are always welcome.

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