(Vincennes, Indiana) Good Samaritan Hospital and Lawrence County Memorial Hospital are teaming up once again to announce the second annual Bras Across the Wabash on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST) at Patrick Henry Square in Vincennes, Indiana. Bras Across the Wabash is a fun, family-friendly event dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness in the community.
To signify the number of lives breast cancer effects, nearly 500 bras are strung across the Lincoln Memorial Bridge, from the Indiana side to the Illinois side, prior to the event. There will be a ceremony celebrating breast cancer survivors that will include speakers, a reading of survivor’s names and a Survivor Walk across the bridge. Vendors will also be on-site with various merchandise and information, as well as, health-related booths educating the community about the importance of preventative care. Blood screenings, bone density and blood pressure checks will be available the day of the event as well.
In addition, Lawrence County Memorial Hospital will have a mobile mammography unit on-site for women who qualify “Last year we provided eight free mammograms during the event. Of those eight, three were baseline, meaning it was their first mammogram, three had not had an exam for two years and one had to have a diagnostic workup based on her results,” stated Lindsey Mayes, Good Samaritan Hospital Marketing Manager. “These instances illustrate how necessary it is to educate everyone on screening mammograms and how critical they are to early detection and prevention.”
Mammograms are so important that, according to the American Cancer Society, screenings should be performed every year beginning at the age of 40. To receive a free mammogram the day of the event, patients must pre-qualify by calling Good Samaritan Hospital Breast Care Center at (812) 885-3627. Bras Across the Wabash will take place Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EST) at Patrick Henry Square in Vincennes, Indiana.