Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln celebrated its fourth annual Breast Cancer Awareness event, Power of Pink, on Tuesday. Breast cancer survivors signed a StarTran bus wrapped in pink that will run for the next year.
"We are excited to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month with our annual Power of Pink event," says Mary Trauernicht, director of oncology services at the Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute. "Saint Elizabeth will be lit in pink for the entire month of October. It will serve as an important reminder that we need to continue to fight against the disease."
It is estimated that in 2013, more than 1,200 women in Nebraska will be diagnosed with the disease. The impact is felt by family members, friends, caregivers and co-workers.
"For us, this October is even more meaningful as it marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Saint Elizabeth Breast Care Center," adds Trauernicht. "We fight breast cancer every day, but October serves as a good reminder on the importance of the topic. It opens the door for conversations about the significance of doing breast self-exams, annual mammograms and preventive care."