On Monday evening, Oct. 10, 2011, over 250 women from our communities attired in various shades of pink attended Research Belton Hospital’s “Pretty in Pink Ladies Night Out Event” which was held at the Belton High School Freshman Center.

The ladies entered the Freshman Center through a huge “pink” balloon arch. Once through the pink arch they were able to visit the 30 different vendor booths, enjoy appetizers and refreshment, get their photo taken on a Harley-from Gail’s Harley Davidson with proceeds going to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fund raising, or visit and have their photo taken and get a signed autograph from Miss Missouri 2011, Sydney Friar or Mrs. Missouri 2012, Tina York. The hospital also provided a booth for women to schedule their mammograms and to purchase a raffle ticket for the “Breast Cancer Quilt.” The winner of the quilt raffle will be drawn on Friday, October 28th. Proceeds from the quilt raffle will also go to the Making Strides against Breast Cancer 5K which is being held on Saturday, October 29th at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.

The evening’s program was opened by Janelle Biernbaum, Director of Business Development at Research Belton Hospital. Special thanks were given to the Belton School District for partnering with the hospital for the event location, Affordable Elegance for catering the event and to all of the vendors who provided booths for the event and door prizes. All of the breast cancer survivors at the event were given special recognition. Miss Missouri gave a talk on her family communication platform and shared her own experience in dealing with her mother’s cancer diagnosis and treatment. Tina York, Mrs. Missouri, who is the EMS Relations Director for HCA Midwest Division, shared her platform which is working with the Susan G. Komen race for the cure for breast cancer.

The highlight for the evening was our guest speaker Stephanie Graff, MD breast oncologist with Midwest Cancer Care at Research Belton Hospital and Research Medical Center. Dr. Graff’s presentation “A Girlfriends guide to Breast Cancer” provided valuable girlfriend tips for women in the fight against breast cancer. She encouraged women to partner with their friends as statistic indicates 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone. Genetic testing can play an important role in a woman’s decision when faced with a family history of breast or other types of cancers. As part of her patient care Dr. Graff shared genetic counseling’s importance. Dr. Graff’s presentation ended with a question and answer session from the audience.

For more information on breast cancer and scheduling mammograms during Breast Cancer Awareness Month visit www.MidwestBreast.com.