WILMINGTON — CMH Regional Health System is hosting its eighth annual Brake for Breakfast at the Foster J. Boyd, MD Regional Cancer Center—A Member of The James Cancer Network on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 6 to 9 a.m. The breast cancer awareness event annually draws hundreds, with last year’s event setting a record for number of attendees.
Kelsey Swindler, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for CMH, was overwhelmed by last year’s success.
“We had over 750 women come through our drive-through that morning—it was incredible.”
This year, they are preparing themselves for an even bigger event, and plan on opening earlier at 6am and staying open until 9am.
“We knew we needed to expand our hours so we could reach even more women this year. Breast cancer is our most treated cancer at the Foster J. Boyd, MD Regional Cancer Center, so this event—and its message of early detection—is critically important.”
Sponsoring the event this year are R+L Carriers and People’s Bank, along with Bush Auto Place and Abbott Image Solutions.
“The enthusiasm in the community for this event is overwhelming,” said Swindler. “We’ve had so many local businesses come forward to support it in some way through the years, and it makes the bags that much more exciting for the women that come through. The local schools have been incredible too, and we will have over 100 student volunteers joining us that morning.”
Breakfast this year will be a Panera “Pink Ribbon” bagel and fresh fruit. Attendees can expect a to-go breakfast, giveaways from the hospital and local businesses, along with information about screening mammograms, digital mammography at CMH, and after-hour screening events throughout the month of October.
WALH radio will also be on site all morning, providing live coverage and interviewing Dr. Mark Collins, Director of Medical Oncology, and Dr. Manuj Agarwal, Director of Radiation Oncology. Through CMH’s new affiliation with The James Cancer Network, Dr. Collins and Dr. Agarwal see patients at the cancer center five days a week.
Dr. Collins has been seeing patients at the cancer center since early July, and is looking forward to taking part in this year’s event.
“Early detection is critical. Breast cancer is treatable and survivable, but we have to catch it early. Events like Brake for Breakfast are so important, and I’m proud and excited to be involved this year.”
Brake for Breakfast will take place at the Foster J. Boyd, MD Regional Cancer Center at 31 Farquhar Ave., Wilmington, Ohio. Attendees are asked to enter through the parking lot on West Locust St. and exit on Farquhar Ave.
More information about this year’s Brake for Breakfast is available on the Clinton Memorial Hospital Facebook page or by calling the cancer center at 937-283-2273.
For help in scheduling a screening mammogram, please contact your primary care provider or call 937-382-9595.