Sep 24, 2013

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Invasion of PINK

pinkIt’s coming. It used to be the month when people would think of Halloween. Now, due to some seriously impressive promotion, October is no longer for black and orange. It’s for pink. Pink ribbons. Pink headlines in newspapers. Even the NFL gets into the act with pink football gloves and everything else. It’s amazing!

At Pella Regional, we also put a lot of focus on Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a great time to get people to think about getting in for their mammograms. It’s a great time to remind people to do breast self-exams regularly. It’s a great time to schedule that annual physical you’ve been putting off. There are two events we’re working on right now to raise awareness:

5th Annual Pella in Pink 2 Mile Run/Walk on Oct 5

Pella in Pink, a 2 Mile Run/Walk, presented by Young Professionals of Pella, will be held on Saturday, October 5 at 8 am, starting at the West Market Park Shelter House in downtown Pella. The event will move to Kuyper Fieldhouse, Central College in poor weather conditions. All proceeds benefit breast cancer screening at Pella Regional Health Center.

Registration forms are at  and can be dropped off at the Pella Regional Health Center Information Desk (main entrance) or the Pella Chamber of Commerce. Registration is $20. Day of race registration is $25.

For more information, contact Jesse Underwood, Foundation Director with the Pella Regional Foundation, at 641-628-6625 or

Now you know the details. But, I wanted to share with you that the t-shirts this year are a fabulous neon pink. I don’t know about you all, but I love all of the neon that’s out there anymore. To quote one of my friends – “I think neon should be the next neutral. Who needs black or beige when you can go with neon?” That’s genius as far as I’m concerned. Go big or go home right?

KNIA/KRLS Radiothon on Oct 8

Women at average risk of getting breast cancer should get a screening mammogram every year starting at age 40. This guideline, the same as the American Cancer Society’s, is what staff at the Harmeling Imaging Center at Pella Regional believe is in the best interests of patients.

For years, Pella Regional has teamed up with Marion County’s radio station KNIA/KRLS to have a Radiothon to promote breast cancer awareness and encourage women to schedule their yearly mammogram. This year we’ll be doing the same and I hope you’ll be able to listen in from 4 to 8 pm that evening (Tuesday, Oct 8). We’ll have radiologists, general surgeons, imaging techs and other clinicians sharing their knowledge. But most importantly, we’ll also have patients sharing their stories of struggle and survival. It’s an amazing evening and one I’m proud to help put together.

If you aren’t able to listen that evening, please do think about scheduling your next mammogram or encouraging the women in your life to schedule theirs.

Have a great month of pink and don’t forget about the Halloween aspect of the month either. The last event I want to let you know about is our Halloween Open House on Thursday, October 31, from 6 to 7:30 pm in the Long Term Care Activity Room. Kids can trick-or-treat inside in a safe, enclosed area as residents pass out candy. The event is free and open to the public. I’m a big fan of Halloween, so I need to make sure it gets its fair share also!

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