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Women’s Night Out for Breast Cancer

Lexington Medical Center will host its annual Women’s Night Out on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia. The event recognizes October as breast cancer awareness month and honors cancer survivors and their families. More than 900 people attend each year.

Kate Larsen

Kate Larsen

Join us for a silent auction, physician exhibit, signature cocktail, fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors and dinner. Attendees will also enjoy a keynote speech by Kate Larsen. Diagnosed with stage II breast cancer at age 46, she went from a seasonal fitness instructor, personal trainer, certified wellness coach and mom of three to a chemotherapy patient. Larsen will talk about how the power of having girlfriends in the midst of a dark and difficult journey gave her help, hope and a renewed sense of joy in her life.

Proceeds from Women’s Night Out benefit the Crystal Smith Breast Cancer Fund, a Lexington Medical Center Foundation program that supports women undergoing cancer treatment.

“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.

Tickets for Women’s Night Out cost $40 each. Exhibits and the silent auction begin at 5:00 p.m. Dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. Call (803) 936-8850 or visit LexMed.com to purchase tickets. You can also sponsor a table for 8 honoring a breast cancer survivor for $350. Dress for the event is business casual, but jeans friendly. There will be free valet parking and a cash bar.

Lexington Medical Center diagnoses approximately 250 breast cancer patients each year. The hospital’s breast program has accreditation from 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 also has accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.WNO_ColaMetro_7x4.875_pub.pdf

The Art of Healing

Nine Lexington County high school students have received prizes and awards in the 5th annual “Art of Healing,” a juried art competition for Lexington County high school students sponsored by Lexington Medical Center. The students created projects including paintings, photographs and sculptures that each depict their interpretation of healing.

mixed oil paint with paintbrushArt teachers from Lexington County high schools each chose one student’s artwork per school to enter. All artwork had to incorporate healing or health. Steven Ford, owner of Steven Ford Interiors, Jane Przybysz, executive director of the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina, and Michael Story, an award-winning fine artist, judged the entries and selected the winners.

“We wanted to give students the opportunity to express their interpretation of ‘healing’ through artwork,” said Barbara Willm, Lexington Medical Center vice president of Community Relations. “Every year, the quality of artwork impresses us more and more. It is a wonderful experience for students to have their artwork displayed at the Columbia Museum of Art for our community to see.”

Many of the students’ entries shared inspirational personal stories of family members’ health challenges and recovery.

Students received their awards at a reception at the Columbia Museum of Art on April 22. The students, their teachers, school administrators, hospital board members and staff, and museum employees attended. Barbara Willm and Columbia Museum of Art Chief Curator Will South presented the awards. The work was on display for a month at the Columbia Museum of Art.

Congratulations to all winners!

1st Prize
Megan Rinehart, Chapin High School

First Prize: Megan Rinehart, Chapin High School

First Prize: Megan Rinehart, Chapin High School

2nd Prize
Dilay Kuebra Gezer, Irmo High School

2nd Prize: Dilay Kuebra Gezer, Irmo High School

2nd Prize: Dilay Kuebra Gezer, Irmo High School

3rd Prize
Savannah Moore, Lexington High School

3rd Prize: Savannah Moore, Lexington High School

3rd Prize: Savannah Moore, Lexington High School

Juror’s Choice
Megan Baker, Dutch Fork High School
Leah Furst, Swansea High School
Blythe Lybrand, Spring Hill High School

Honorable Mention
Alexis Lester, Dutch Fork High School
Holly McDermott, Irmo High School
Reagan Tedder, Spring Hill High School

Here’s a slideshow of each of the entries.

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