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Contest! What would you do to raise breast cancer awareness?

Published 09 August 11 12:30 PM
Maybe you've already hosted a successful event or you just have a great idea that would generate huge ‘buzz' about breast cancer prevention and detection. Either way, we want to hear from you.

Share your creative breast cancer awareness idea with us, and you'll have a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the ADVANCE Healthcare Shop.

To enter, just leave a comment in the field below. Please limit your entry to 200 words or less. Entries will be judged by ADVANCE staff based on the creativity of the breast cancer awareness idea or event. Please submit your entry by September 30, 2011.

If your idea wins, we'll notify you via email. *Winners must live in the 48 contiguous United States, and Merion Matters employees are excluded from participating in this contest.

Good luck, and we look forward to reading your ideas!

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In honor of October's Breast Cancer Awareness month, we held a contest asking what you would do to raise

October 19, 2011 3:09 PM

Have videos interviewing survivors, MDs, victim's families, friends and maybe Christina Applegate or well known celebrity endorsing BSE and mammogram.  Local hospital, schools, community centers can show in their lobbies or waiting areas, as well as cable network show on TV.  This can also be put on a pamphlet or booklet to hand out to people.  Decorate the room in pink serving pink refreshments such as punch, ice cream, cookies.  Have door prize such as a spa or massage or gift card at a local shop supporting the event or restaurant.

Leah, HIM - Asst Med Rec Manager October 1, 2011 2:28 AM
Redlands CA

I want to be a motivational speaker for Breast Cancer Awareness. I'm a Mammography Technologist for 30 years.

Kimberly , Diagnostic Imaging - Radiologic Technology, Symphony Diagnostics, INC September 30, 2011 2:20 PM
LaPorte IN

Community awareness around where I live are wonderful to contribute to Softball tournaments! Host a tournament and watch how many teams will join.. exercise is the best thing for everyone .. and you have the best turn out with needing money raised for a great cause!!!

Kristy Dame, LPN September 29, 2011 11:43 AM

I do something every year to raise money and awareness regarding Breast Cancer.  I am an RN, with most of my experience working in women's health, and like everyone else...I have known and loved many breast cancer patients, survivors, patients, family, etc.  I am a direct sales consultant for a wonderful candle company called Gold Canyon.  We always have great "Candles for a Cause".  The company has a pink sugar cookie candle in our fall catalog...and they donate 10% of all sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  I vowed to also donate my 25% consultant commission to the Cincinnati Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  I walked this 5K this past Saturday.  I was able to pledge over $400 to the cause, and I was able to educate friends, family, and complete strangers along the way.  Anyone that helped me sell these candles became honorary members of what I called my "Pink Posse".  People will help if you ask.  I will continue to sell these candles all October...and continue to give back :)

Jessica Gerhardt, Education - RN: Wright State University, College of Nursing and Health September 26, 2011 11:54 AM
Dayton OH

More and more younger women are being diagnosed with breast cancer.  A dear friend passed away at the way too early age of 31 this weekend from breast cancer.

Awareness tactics need to be directed at the younger generations.  Mammograms are not generally recommended as normal practice for women in their 20s and 30s unless there is a family history of breast cancer.  Because of this, we need to teach younger women how to perform self breast checks and to take it seriously!  

How do we go about doing that?  College health fairs are a good place to start.  Make an effort to make the fair more appealing to the younger generations.  Bring music, entertainment, food to the fair to entice more college age women to attend.  

Stacey, Medical Records Coder September 26, 2011 11:03 AM
Louisville KY

I'd organize a walk and use Facebook as my tool to spread the word for participants, donors and sponsor.  We would have a big gathering with food and games after.  I'd use the opportunity to raise awareness and educate families about breast cancer. I'd tell my mother's malpractice story where she lost her life because one hospital failed to diagnose her on time.  By the time her closest friend advised her to get a second opinion due to her discomfort, the tumor was the size of an orange.  I would advise everyone to never doubt themselves and trust the signals their bodies are sending them.  If they need a second opinion they should be proactive in getting one.  It could save their lives.  I would teach young and old.  This is not only a disease that affects women and I would also make it a point to create educational fun to read pamphlets for girl so that they can begin learning this aspect of their healthcare early on.  It would be a fun, relaxing and informative event with incentives and raffles.

Maribel, n/a - OTA, n/a September 21, 2011 2:04 PM
Queens NY

I am an 11 year survivor

pat wernet, nursing - RN, heartland of orange park September 17, 2011 7:08 PM
orange park FL

The Health Ministry Team at my church holds a Pink Ribbon Sunday on the first Sunday in October annually.  We have displays about breast cancer awareness in two main areas of the church on that Sunday, with informational materials about breast cancer, encouraging mammograms and BSE,  and resources for obtaining mammograms.  Volunteers hand out pink ribbons to ladies as they enter the services.  Men sometimes request them also.  We run an article about breast cancer in our church newspaper and on our website and place posters about BSE in the women's restrooms.  We also provide a model for learning to do BSE.  We invite our survivors to be at our information tables to speak to other women and encourage them to get mammograms.  

Lynda, Nursing - Parish Nurse, Church September 15, 2011 3:51 PM
Houston TX

We are a rural country hospital,with high rate of breast cancer. Every Oct.for the past 10 years I host a breast cancer awarness day and survivor reception.We have breast cancer education,information,assist with mamograms for under insured,and celebrate life with survivors.The entire community helps out and it has grown to be our hospitals main event with over 120 ladies in attendance.Every lady  that attends feels like a queen .The entire room is decorated in pink and all the ladies are given pink hats its an entire sea of pink.

Janice Wyatt, social services - patient care coordinator, Union General Hospital September 15, 2011 12:05 PM
Farmerville LA

I am a breast cancer survivor.  I had breast reconstruction that was complete when I had the nipple tattooed on my reconstructed breast.  I got the idea then.  I designed a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness with a rose in the middle and had it tattoed on my chest above my right breast.  Now when I wear a tank top or swim everyone can see that I support breast cancer awareness. When I look in the mirror I am reminded on a daily basis that there is hope and life after breast cancer.

Linda, Compliance - Analyst/educator, University of Rochester September 15, 2011 8:31 AM
Rochester NY

I am a breast cancer survivor.  I had breast reconstruction that was complete when I had the nipple tattooed on my reconstructed breast.  I got the idea then.  I designed a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness with a rose in the middle and had it tattoed on my chest above my right breast.  Now when I wear a tank top or swim everyone can see that I support breast cancer awareness. When I look in the mirror I am reminded on a daily basis that there is hope and life after breast cancer.

Linda, Compliance - Analyst/educator, University of Rochester September 15, 2011 8:27 AM
Rochester NY

Three ideas:

Get your City officials/police behind you and raise money for breast cancer by having donations to put your officials "behind bars".

"You've been pinked in honor National Breast Cancer Awareness"  Sell tickets at your work where all proceeds go to Breast Cancer. You can have your favorite boss or co-worked "pinked" where after hours or when they are out a team goes in and decorates their work area with Pink Flamingos, feathers, beads etc. you get the idea. Perhaps a poster recognizing Br Ca month.

Have your medical center, colleges, cities turn all your fountains PINK in recognition of Br Cancer Mo.

Pamela, Cancer Registry - Consultant, Oncology Data Management, Precyse September 14, 2011 7:14 PM


claudia harris, geriatric - lpn, harris nursing September 14, 2011 6:16 PM
land o lakes FL

Our practice hosts a community wide event called “The Many Faces of  Breast Cancer” in October. This educational event focuses on the unique needs and issues of survivors, providing the latest information on breast cancer.  Medical experts speak on issues effecting survivors and offer insight into treatment options and lifestyle changes that can help with rehabilitation. A survivor also talks about her journey and experience.  There isn't a dry eye in the room when she is finished. We partner with the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Support Community. The complimentary event is held at a small theater and we serve a light breakfast buffet.  Our event is very popular (wait list every year) and gives valuable information to our attendees.  It is on of our favorite events!

Sandy Goldberg, Oncology - Outreach Manager, Diablo Valley Oncology September 13, 2011 9:47 PM
Pleasant Hill CA

I would like to design a bathroom accessory with the hand symbol that means remember using a pink ribbon. It would include the tag line "Breast Check on the ___" and be attached to the shower wall via suction. The blank would be filled in using a waterproof marker and placed in the bathroom to remind us to check our breasts every month on whatever day you choose.

I am also a yoga teacher and will offer a free yoga class, Pink Poses, for breast cancer awareness in the month of October.

Shavonna, OT - Occupational Therapist, Hospital September 11, 2011 11:27 PM

I teach prenatal health to pregnant teens in our school district. When I teach the segment on breastfeeding, I start the class with information on breast care, beginning with teaching how and why to do monthly breast exams and have them feel for lumps on small breast models that I use for teaching. I tell them they may be young but it's not to early to begin learning something that could save their life someday.

Rachel, Prenatal Education - PRS Nurse, High Schools September 8, 2011 5:11 PM
Arlington TX

In our ED, we will start wearing pink gloves on the 1st of October throughout the month to raise awareness of Breast Ca.  Even the male MDs and RNs have warmed up to the idea.

Steven, Emergency - RN, Bellin Health September 7, 2011 3:39 PM
Green Bay WI

I am hosting a "Stampin for the Cure" event.  Participants make up to 10 hand-crafted greeting cards with a Breast Cancer Awareness theme.  There will be door prizes with a HOPE Theme, breast cancer educational tips and lots of hugs and prayers to go around for survivors, their care givers, friends and family members.  A portion of the proceeds from the registration is donated to the Susan G. Koman foundtion.

Diana, Molecular Diagnostics - Direcotr of Administration, PGXL September 7, 2011 10:48 AM
Louisville KY

We held a mammo and mingle party this last spring and are having 3 more in October.  At these events we have wine and finger foods so it is a girlfriends night outand we provided mini-manicures and facials.   We did 24 mammograms in four hours.  The response was over whelming and we have a waiting list for the next one.  Many of the women stated they would not have done a mammogram if we had not done this event.  This event is a fun way to bring awareness to the community of the importance of mammograms.  We have ordered the foldable vases to give out the month of October which reminds everyone that Every Women Counts.  We are going to hold a Breast Cancer event in October to honor survivors and bring awareness out into the community.  Will have information and venders attend.  This is our first event like this and we want to show our support to the community.  

LOUISE, Women's Center - Women's Health Navigator, Provena Covenant Medical Center September 7, 2011 9:21 AM
Urbana IL

I am an Independent Fragrance Consultant for Gold Canyon Candles, a nationwide homebased company.  For the past two years they have offered a Pink Sugar Cookie Candle in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This candle is sold from September through December and 10% of the procedes from the sales of this candle are donated to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  After my grandmother's recent breast cancer diagnosis, my goal is to get every one I come in contact with to purchase this candle in support of Breast Cancer awareness.  I  also take part in an event that is put on every September in Phoenix called Scrapbooking For The Cure.  We all should find ways to support the women in our lives.

Melinda Sansonetti, Independent Consultant September 7, 2011 2:24 AM
Phoenix AZ

Think pink=One mammogram = One life = yours.  Such a easy formula to remember

Darlene Olich, Radiology - Mammogram Tech, Simen Med September 6, 2011 6:01 PM
Gilbert AZ

Each October I treat my staff to a "Pink Breakfast".  The table in the teacher's room is decorated in pink and white.  Infomation on breast cancer is readily available along with a variety of pink foods and drinks (pink ribbon bagels, Good and Plenty candy, pink M&Ms, Canadian Mints, pink grapefruit juice, and more) Each year I try to add new information that I have collected going to breast cancer in-services.  There is a pink gift bag on the table for staff to leave a donation.  The money collected is given to our local breast cancer charity - Team Towanda, started by one of my students mom more then 10 years ago.

Linda, school nursing - RN, school September 6, 2011 11:07 AM
Corpus Christi School CT

Breasts 乳房 (chinese) الثديين(arabic) Brüste(german) השדיים

(hebrew) seni (italian) грудь (russian) seins (french) pechos (spanish) etc.

Have the word "breasts" in many different languages appear and you could even have women of many different nationalities.

"It doesn't matter what language you speak, Cancer sounds the same..."

"Perform your monthly self-breast exams and get your mammograms as recommended by your physician"

Lauren, Physical Rehabilitation - Occupational Therapist/Lymphedema Therapist, Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center September 2, 2011 9:48 AM
Omaha NE

1. Show the current number of deaths from breast cancer

2. Then find a city in US with same number population

Breast Cancer Kills

Population: Zero


Show amazing inventions, structures or ideas by women then gray them out after showing.  Then slogan reads "ensure the future, have yourself checked.... Breast Cancer Kills.

Nomar Bayaua, Informatics - RN MSN, The Methodist Hospital/ MEDVAMC September 1, 2011 1:36 AM
MIssouri City TX

Give your self a gift every month breast self examination.Birthday gift Have a mamogram .that way you will not forget.share this with your female friends and family.We have to prevent this horrible disease. Stop breast cancer,Early detetion is the answer.Pease Love To everyone.Debbie

Debbie, Nursing - Rn, Hospital August 31, 2011 7:49 PM
New York NY

Design a poster showing a DD mastectomy bra and a AA mastectomy bra - CANCER CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE, DO A MONTHLY BREAST SELF-EXAM AND HAVE A YEARLY MAMMOGRAM

Betsy Hildebrandt, Phlebotomy and QA - Supervisor, Physicians Laboratory August 31, 2011 11:51 AM
Omaha NE

 I used to live in a town that had a TV station reminding everyone to "Call a Buddy" (BUDDY CHECKS) for breast self exams on a certain date~their "call" number/TV channel...Pick a number important to YOU or  your "Buddy" and CALL to remind them!!!

Dianne Floyd, cardiology/cath lab - RN, MRH August 31, 2011 10:26 AM
Pinehurst NC




At this moment that I have a close friend in her terminal stage of metastatic breast cancer, I will like a slogan like:

Cancer Die & let LIVE LIFE.

Olga, Hematology - Retired August 30, 2011 11:26 PM
San Juan PR

Ask for some of the breast cancer survivors to bring in a picture of themselves and smaller pictures of their family and friends. Make a set of flowers for display - with the survivor's photo in the center and the smaller photo's of those whose lives are touched by the survivor around them as the petals. You could title it "Garden of Life and Love".

Joe Keary, Medical Technology - Supv Med Technologist, Irwin Army Community Hospital August 30, 2011 5:08 PM
Fort Riley KS

In order to increase awareness of breast cancer, pick a church that you know has a breast survivor.  Then on a particular Sunday, be early and give each woman (including teenagers) a pink carnation.  As part or after the service have the survivor tell her story about surviving breast cancer.  Then ask for ANY cancer survivor male or female of any kind of cancer to stand.  They each get a white carnation.  This visually impacts the group to believe that cancer is not a terminal disease.  After the service offer to teach any women who wish to do a self-breast exam and hand out literature from the ACS.

Linda Kenyon, Cancer Registry - Mgr Cancer Data, St Joseph August 30, 2011 11:36 AM
Bryan TX

LOOK CHECK & BE AWARED at least monthly for yourself's health !

Yin-Wei Chen, ACUTE CARE - P.T., WHMC August 27, 2011 2:23 AM

Gift your readers with the words"Breast Navigator" who advocates the medical maze when breast concerns arise. Further, direct a person to the 2010 Best Consumer Health Book designated by the American Journal Of Nursing entitled "The Breast Cancer Companion A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed".Empower people to be informed!

Nancy Sokolowski, breast cancer - medical author , self-employed August 25, 2011 5:05 PM
Ridgefield CT

Create T-shirt or any item with the following:

Use the words 'BREAST" or insert a picture or drawing of a breast and the words "Here Today Gone Tomorrow"!! It is truly a sad but powerful thought!

Agnese Bartlett, Hemostasis & Thrombosis - Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Florida Hospital August 25, 2011 4:21 PM
Orlando FL

Do your best to save your breasts.

Perform monthly self breast exams

& have an annual breast exam by

your healthcare provider.

Timbolin Holmes, Emergency Dept. - NP August 25, 2011 1:25 PM

I personally think self exams are first and foremost the most important aspect of breast cancer awareness.  My mother and both of my grandmothers are breast cancer survivors, all who found their tumors themselves early, during a self breast exam.

With that being said, I must admit that I barely ever remember to perform my own self exams.  However, I do put on a bra everyday.

I think a great way to generate some buzz would be to partner with lingerie companies (some big names, like Victoria's Secret would be great).  Bras could start coming with a small, comfortable tag on the inside, reminding women to perform self exams at least once a month.  Whole lines of undergarments could be modeled after the "Pink Ribbon" design, with a portion of the proceeds going to breast cancer research.

Mia August 25, 2011 12:21 PM

Make sure to tell the women to guard their breasts: Even during sex.. Not to let anyone squeeze and manipulate their breasts and leave the breasts black and blue. This facilitates lump and bumps and possibly leading to breast cancer.

Sharon, Peds/Fam Practice - Medical Doctor August 25, 2011 9:08 AM
Wilkes Barre PA

I have my dog wear a t-shirt I designed that she wears when we go for walks! Everyone looks at her, as it is a great conversation starter!

Holly Reimann, speech-language - owner, Peak Potential Therapy August 25, 2011 8:48 AM
Twinsburg OH

Make a presentation to middle school children and have them make posters,banners, stickers, with breast cancer fighting slogans. Use the productions in a contest and have the community vote which is the winner. Voters pay a dollar per vote. Proceeds to ACS

Linda , , Reg Nurse Veterans Hospital August 25, 2011 7:54 AM
Augusta GA

Magnets are always a hit; A complimentary magnet for the car that each person receiving a mammogram would receive that reads "I was Squeezed at Jackson Hospital today! Have you been Squeezed this year? Talk to your doctor about Breast Cancer Screening......"

Phyllis, Reg Nurse August 25, 2011 7:48 AM
Greenwood FL

Magnets are a rave and so are baloons so I have two ideas. One we are doing in my community this year to raise awareness. When women come for their mammograms they should be given an opportunity to donate $1 to the ACS and they should be given a package of pink baloons (or a voucher for a package) whichevere works; along with this they should receive an invitation to attend a balloon "fight for a cure for breast cancer" party. This party should be very informal and held in an open park.

Phyllis, RN August 25, 2011 7:43 AM
Greenwood FL

I think the world of BOOK CLUBS are an unexplored area. Our Bood Club "The Reading on Walden" book club has one survivor of Breast Ca and one in the process of finishing Chemotherapy at Advocate Christ Medical Center and now starting Radiation Therapy. So, my thought is book clubs are education resources,

Amazon is a great provider of books, October , breast Cancer awareness month is around the corner...can we combine books, learning , teaching and support..Bosom  Book Buddies for research ,care and cure...Amazon women all of us!!

I want Breast Ca to be a "once upon a time "in the past story and one my 17 yr old niece and 25 yr old niece say...Aunt Jeanne in the olden days what did you do if you found a lump.?.now it is cured.. Please feel free to communicate with me if I can be a Bosom Buddy or the Nurse Pracititioner with some ideas.

My mentor Linda Lenon Fagan RN died of Breast Ca in 2003 and I miss her every day.

Thank you for doing this ..bless your heart, soul and " the girls"that's what Oprah calls her left and right breasts..

Jeanne Doughert, Family Nurse Practitioner - FNP, Mercy Hospital August 24, 2011 6:53 PM
Chicago IL

It would really be a cool idea to offer the opportunity where women having mammograms could go to a web-site and have the option to contribute a donation and submit their screenining or diagnostic breast story experience. This would not only raise awareness, but would also help raise money for breast cancer awareness. You don't necessarily have to be diagnosed with breast cancer to help raise awareness....any finding alone creates awareness alone.


Five years ago, I came up with an idea to encourage women to get their screening mammograms. Many women had the excuse of not having time, or no appointments available when they needed them. This will be our 5th annual MammoMarathon. We offer 24 hours of mammography appointments to our community.

In addition to the mammography screening, we offer additional health information, free giveaways, chair massages, manicures, raffles and refreshments throughout the day and morning. We pamper our patients and make it fun for our ladies. Every year our event has grown. We have it always on National Mammography Day.  This Year it is October 21st.  We have volunteers and staff that participate to make this a successful event.

We have had women who had their mammograms at this event who would said that they would have never gotten this important screening because of their busy lives.  We actually saved some patients lives.

We are hoping that this 5th year will be our biggest! It would be nice if other Breast Clinics would join in and set aside this day to encourage women to get their screeening mammograms.

Linda Freitas, Breast/x-ray - Assistant Manager, UPMC Hamot Imaging Center August 23, 2011 8:51 AM
Erie PA

Have an awareness day at work. Have literature for staff to read independently. Do a drawing every hour for the day giving away manicures, massage, meals, etc. Put little bullets on their email for the day. Do the grand drawing at the end of the day. It takes a while to gather the gifts (complimentary). The staff at my job loved it. Four of us are survivors. We also wore t shirts that said survivor. It was amazing and humbling the questions the students asked me. What I would have done in addition, offer a talk with questions and answers for parents as well as staff to attend. At the close of the day. I also had a resource for free mammograms for the staff.

Cheryl, Pediatrics - School Nurse, Elementary School August 21, 2011 6:13 PM
Arlington TX

I think it would be a great for all the local dairies to distribute their milk in pink gallon jugs and donate a portion of the proceeds to research. We have a local dairy that makes homemade ice cream and it would be great to see a pink flavor devoted to early detection.

Jenifer Abbott, Surgery - Physician Assistant August 20, 2011 2:36 PM
Baltimore MD

For the past few years, the last Saturday in September, myself,another nurse educator, and high school students from the cancer club spend two hours (11am  to 1 pm) distributing information on mammograms and self breat exam.  We are located on two different sides of town and pass out brochures and shower cards to over 300 people.   We also talk to people and answe questions.  We feel it is very successful so we keep doing it each year.

Submitted.  By. Diane. DeMain. RN

Diane DeMain, Community - Nurse Educator, Greenwich. Hospital August 19, 2011 6:50 PM
Greenwich. CT

   I often think you don't hear enough of the stories of breast cancer survivors and nonsurvivors.         If more were published about the  treatment with chemotherapy, radiation and its effects both physical and psychological on the patient,  I think a lot more people would opt for early detection.  

     I also think this would help to raise more money for awareness and help to those in need while undergoing treatment.

mary, RN August 19, 2011 12:05 PM
Eldersburg MD

As a two time breast cancer survivior I use every oppurtuinity to educate and advocate the staff, families, friends, and residents in senior housing where I work full time.   I use my nursing position  to tell my story to as many people whoare willing to listen,  and then navigate them through the process of obtaining the best possible care with the  doctors at the Mass General Breast Center where I am cared for. After my second diagnosis last March I have even more experience and drive to teach all men and women about breast cancer awareness! Best of health to us all Kathy Pothier, RN-BSN

Kathy Pothier, Geriatrics - RN-BSN, Bethany Homes August 19, 2011 11:37 AM
haverhill MA

After my mom and good friend had breast cancer, I designed a stretchy breast cancer awareness bracelet with a ladybug for good luck.  I donate $3 from ea bracelet to research.  Truth be known I give away more than I sell.  Wearing them is a reminder to take care of yourself and support all the women in your life.

Ginger Marsh, Nursing - RN August 19, 2011 10:20 AM
Chesterfield VA

I would initiate an e-mail and forward it to everyone I know with a request to forward on and on to others keeping track of how many people read the e-mail and forward it onward.  It would be interesting to see where the e-mail has traveled state wide in the United States and worldwide outside the United States.

Nancy Elliott, Med/Surg - RN, LVAMC August 19, 2011 4:38 AM
Lebanon PA

As a breast cancer survivor and retired nursing instructor, I would divide the students up into groups of 4 and they would go into all the businesses in the community and stress the importance of early detection and prevention of breast cancer. Module  demonstrations and literature were used. Many people were exposed to the importance of breast health awareness that would  not have been otherwise. It was a great learning experience and benefit to the community .

Delores Spinks, Medical - CFNP, Clinical August 18, 2011 10:39 PM
Natchez MS

At work we are currently raising money for breast cancer.  There are about 200 of us in the billing office.  We are doing a penny war.  Each department makes a jug. We bring in pennies to put in it.  We can go to the other departments jugs and put in silver coins or paper money.  At the end, we count how much in pennies we have then count the silver.  We subtract how much the silver is from the penny total.  The department with the most pennies wins. All money goes toward breast cancer research.

Jeana, Auditing and Education - Compliance Review Specialist, St. Elizabeth Physicians August 18, 2011 7:22 AM
Ft. Mitchell KY

Last year at my son's high school we sold pink fleece scarves for two dollars and then around the entire town we had paint the town pink week.  On that Friday night we sold more scarves at the football game and also sold t-shirts that said "Dover Marching Tornados, March Against Cancer". The following Friday everyone wore their t-shirts and scarves, it was a sea of pink.  All proceeds went to Breast Cancer.  It was a success and we will do it again this year.

Patricia Jones, HIM/Coding - RHIT, Union Hospital August 18, 2011 7:19 AM
Dover OH

A few years back I organized an "Tell a Friend" Campaign with the ACS. We enlisted co-workers in our Radiation Therapy facility to call 10 friend or family members to remind them to get their annual mammogram. After the calls were made they were invited to the SPA. There I had enlisted students from a local cosmetology program to perform hand massages, chair massages, and mini peicures, complete with bubbling foot baths. We have gourmet cookies and coofee in the spa area as well. It was really an incentive to get the staff to call women. We spoke to over 200 women that day.

Julie Wilkens, Radiation Oncology - Technical Manager, Parkview Health August 17, 2011 7:15 PM
Fort Wayne IN

You can raise money by putting a large container/jar on the front check-in desk. Use tickets that you can buy from Staples/Office Depot to have a raffle with a $5 donation to win a free one-year supply of hearing aid batteries. Easy donations and little out of pocket for business owner....everybody wins.

Jeff Grama, Audiology - President, Hearing Aid Services of Hollywood August 16, 2011 6:43 PM
Los Angeles CA

We hosted a Tree Lighting Ceremony to kick off BCAM (pink lights on main trees on hospital campus and pink ribbons on the rest) .  We hosted a Pink Art amateur contest with a Silent Auction of the art with funds donated, and much of the art was donated back to the Breast Center.  

Sandy Mueller, Mammography - Technical Manager, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital August 16, 2011 5:54 PM
Hinsdale IL

In order to raise awareness for the Stiletto Stampede, the kick-off race here in Texas for The Race for the Cure, we are having an officewide stiletto decorating competition.  Employees are encouraged to decorate a stiletto and patients will each pay $1.00 to vote on their favorite shoe.  The money goes to cancer awareness and the winner gets a prize basket.

Terri, Oncology - Medical Technologist, Texas Oncology August 16, 2011 5:13 PM
Cedar Park TX

With myself being a breast cancer survivor,I am now a volunteer with the American Cancer Society as a patient health navigator.I am currently a student enrolled in health information technology.I spread the awareness of the importance of prevention and early detection through my own journey with breast cancer and for being such an advocate through the American Cancer society

karin, health informatio technology - student, suffolk community college August 16, 2011 3:41 PM
brentwood NY

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