Archive | September 27, 2013

Lexington Medical Center Hosts Women’s Night Out for Breast Cancer

Lexington Medical Center will host its annual Women’s Night Out on Tuesday, October 15 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The event recognizes October as breast cancer awareness month and honors cancer survivors and their families. More than 900 people attend each year.

Join the hospital for a silent auction and physician exhibit while enjoying a signature cocktail, then proceed to a dinner featuring a fashion show by Belk highlighting breast cancer survivors. Attendees will enjoy keynote speakers Heidi Marble and Jen Curfman, telling their story Skin Tight Genes. Heidi was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, which is rare and aggressive.

Adopted as a child, Heidi began a search to learn about her birth family’s health history and found her biological sister, Jen Curfman, and found out that she and her sister carried the BRCA2 gene. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes that play a role in an increased risk for developing breast cancer.

Heidi and Jen will tell their story in matching designer jeans and guests are encouraged to wear their finest and dressiest jeans as a show of support.

Proceeds from Women’s Night Out benefit the Crystal Smith Breast Cancer Fund, a program through the Lexington Medical Center Foundation that supports women undergoing cancer treatment. Each year, Women’s Night Out raises more than $25,000 for this important fund. This year, the funds raised will cover the cost of genetic screening for women that are uninsured.

“Women’s Night Out is an inspiring evening that recognizes resilient women in our community,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center.

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Tickets for Women’s Night Out cost $35 each. Exhibits and the silent auction begin at 5:00 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:45 p.m. Call 803-791-2445 or visit LexMed.com to purchase tickets. You can also sponsor a table honoring a breast cancer survivor for $300.

Lexington Medical Center diagnoses approximately 250 breast cancer patients each year. The hospital’s breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Lexington Medical Center has four Women’s Imaging centers and a mobile mammography van, all offering digital mammography. Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program is also accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.