Menorah Medical Center
May 11, 2018

WHO: Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center, Breast Center Nurse Navigators, Sarah Cannon Clinical Research Coordinators. Overland Park Regional Medical Center will also have a display focusing on orthopedics and surgical services.

WHAT: Strive Clinical Trial Information/Importance of Breast Health/Early Detection.

WHEN: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018

WHERE: SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex (near Administration Building)

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. MEDIA INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: About the importance of early screening and STRIVE, a clinical trial blood test for breast cancer detection.

WHY: Menorah Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider and Official Healthcare Providers for Heartland Soccer Association and SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex—will host a mini health fair during the Midwest Mother’s Day Soccer Classic to remind women and their families the importance of breast health, including early detection.  Overland Park Regional Medical Center will have information on its orthopedics and surgical services for athletes of all ages.

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center is participating in STRIVE, a new study by Sarah Cannon—the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare—that focuses on developing a test for early breast cancer detection. The STRIVE Study is designed to determine if a blood test can complement mammography screenings by identifying genetic material arising from tumors to help discover breast cancer at its earliest stages.

The study, sponsored by GRAIL, Inc., seeks to enroll 120,000 women across participating sites. Women who volunteer to participate will provide a blood sample and complete a short questionnaire at the time of their regular screening mammogram. In addition, participants will be followed, and their health records will be monitored for up to five years for new cancer diagnoses.

Menorah Medical Center is one of six medical institutions nationally and one of two HCA Midwest Health hospitals in the Kansas City region to offer the STRIVE study.

“Heartland Soccer’s Midwest Mother’s Day Soccer Classic, when thousands of families will be at the SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex, is the perfect time to remind women that 30 minutes at the time of their annual mammogram could help launch this blood test for early breast cancer detection,” says Kayla Barnard, M.D., breast surgeon at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center. “Earlier detection increases the chances of survival, which is good news for the most common cancer diagnosed in American women, except for skin cancers.”

“Our partnership with Menorah Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center is valuable asset to the community and to our organization as we make a positive impact with athletes’ safety on and off the field,” says Heartland Soccer Association Executive Director Shane Hackett. “Saturday’s unique partnership will help raise awareness for a disease that affects thousands of women each year— and what better time to do that than during one of the region’s most popular all-girls tournaments and on Mother’s Day weekend.”

If interested in participating in the STRIVE study at Menorah Medical Center or Centerpoint Medical Center, visit or call (913) 498-6266.