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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.

Learn the Pink Glove Dance!

This year for our Pink Glove Dance Video, we were fortunate to have Stacy Ashley be our choreographer once again!  This is the second year in a row that Lexington Medical Center is entering the international Pink Glove Dance video contest sponsored by Medline Industries, Inc., a company that makes pink exam gloves.  The project honors cancer survivors and raises awareness about breast cancer.

Our hospital’s 2012 Pink Glove Dance features the compelling story of Lexington Medical Center nurse Amy Kinard of Lexington, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 34.  The video is shot in our hospital and around our community – including at a highly-energized Williams-Brice Stadium, on a special pink glove skydiving adventure and inside a rock star celebration of cancer survivors.

And this year, we’re excited to share with you some of the dance moves featured in the video, choreographed by Stacy Ashley:

Vote for Lexington Medical Center’s Pink Glove Dance by going to www.pinkglovedance.com, searching on the “L-M” age for LMC and clicking “Vote” on our video.  You must have a Facebook account to vote.  Lexington Medical Center is the only Columbia area hospital entering the competition.  Voting for the Pink Glove Dance 2012 is from October 12th to November 2nd – there’s only one week left to go!

The winner will receive $10,000 to donate to a breast cancer charity of its choice.  Lexington Medical Center would donate its prize money to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, as it did last year.

To take one of Stacy’s classes, check out Gold’s Gym located at 619 North Lake Drive, Lexington, SC 29072.

Lexington Medical Center Leads Pink Glove Dance Voting!

Lexington Medical Center is currently in first place in voting for the 2012 Pink Glove Dance competition. As of Monday morning, October 22nd, Lexington Medical Center had 11,900 votes. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was in 2nd place with 7,096 votes.

While Lexington Medical Center maintains a lead of more than 4,800 votes, Penn State and other organizations are gaining momentum steadily and narrowing the gap. We still have a long way to go in the Pink Glove Dance campaign and anything can happen. Vote for Lexington Medical Center’s Pink Glove Dance by going to www.pinkglovedance.com, searching on the “L-M” age for LMC and clicking “Vote” on our video. You must have a Facebook account to vote.

As you may know, the Pink Glove Dance website crashed last weekend during the first days of voting – because so many people were trying to log on and vote for their favorite video. As a result, Medline has extended voting until Friday, November 2.

Our hospital’s 2012 Pink Glove Dance features the compelling story of Lexington Medical Center nurse Amy Kinard of Lexington, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 34. The video is shot in our hospital and around our community – including at a highly-energized Williams-Brice Stadium, on a special pink glove skydiving adventure and inside a rock star celebration of cancer survivors.

In total, approximately 1,000 Lexington Medical Center employees dancing to the Katy Perry song “Part of Me” in the video. In addition to high energy and Broadway style choreography, there are special effects, smoke, strobe lights and more. Importantly, the dance features several LMC employees who are breast cancer survivors; they’re wearing t-shirts that say “Survivor from Day 1,” noting the strength and courage of breast cancer patients right from the time of their diagnosis. “Survivor From Day 1” is the theme of this year’s video.

The winner will receive $10,000 to donate to a breast cancer charity of its choice. Lexington Medical Center would donate its prize money to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, as it did last year.

Lexington Medical Center is the only Columbia area hospital entering the competition. Voting for the Pink Glove Dance 2012 is from October 12th to November 2nd. So, please vote today – and encourage your family and friends to vote too!