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A Lexington Medical Center Connection to Breast Cancer Research

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is home to the Crystal Smith Breast Cancer Fund, which provides needed supplies to women undergoing cancer treatment. It’s named in honor of hospital employee Crystal Smith, who died of breast cancer in her early 40s. Today, Crystal’s story has inspired her daughter to help others. Learn more in this WLTX news story.

To learn more about the Crystal Smith Breast Cancer Fund, visit LMCFoundation.com.

Overcoming Breast Cancer

Each month, Lexington Medical Center partners with WLTX to help with the TV station’s “Buddy Call” segment. That’s when news anchors Darci Strickland and Andrea Mock profile a breast cancer survivor and tell women to call a “buddy” and remind her to do a self-breast exam. This month, their story focused on Janie Lakin.

In addition to being an 8-year cancer survivor, Janie was a model in the 2018 breast cancer survivor fashion show during Women’s Night Oct, Lexington Medical Center’s annual event recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are sone photos of Janie on the catwalk.

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Tackling Breast Cancer and Rocking the Runway

Elizabeth Gainey lives in Lexington County with her husband. In the summer of 2017, she was 32 years old and just had a normal physical with her doctor. But a few weeks later, she noticed some unusual changes. At first, doctors thought it was an infection. But testing revealed breast cancer – and a positive result for the “BRCA1” gene – known to increase the risk of breast cancer. Elizabeth shared her story with WLTX this month.

Elizabeth’s did not experience a lump in her breast. Instead, she had redness, swelling and irritation. A biopsy revealed Stage 3 cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation at Lexington Medical Center. Today, she’s finished her cancer treatment and is doing well. Her story emphasizes the importance of knowing your body, recognizing changes and speaking with your doctor promptly when you notice something different.

Elizabeth was one of 10 breast cancer survivors who were models at Women’s Night Out on October 16 – Lexington Medical Center’s annual event that honors breast cancer survivors and their families. Here are some photos of Elizabeth rocking the runway. She makes us proud.

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