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INTERVIEW: Memorial Hermann In The Pink of Health Co-Chairs Cheryl Brady & Tiffany McClung

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Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health is a group of inspired women who partner with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands to raise money for Canopy, a free survivorship center for all cancer survivors, as well as other cancer related programs for the Montgomery County and surrounding communities.

Hello Woodlands talked with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands In The Pink of Health Luncheon Co-Chairs Cheryl Brady and Tiffany McClung about their cause, the importance of helping our community, and the upcoming luncheon on September 29th.

In the Pink of Health Luncheon

The 17th Annual Memorial Hermann The Woodlands In the Pink of Health Luncheon will take place on Friday, September 29, 2017 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380.

For more information about the 17th Annual In the Pink of Health Luncheon, visit www.inthepinkofhealth.org or call 713.897.PINK (7465).

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Amy Robach – American television journalist, news anchor for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” best-selling author, mother of two, stepmom of three, wife, and breast cancer survivor – will take the stage as the keynote speaker at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital’s annual In the Pink of Health Luncheon on Sept. 29, 2017.

Nearly four years ago, Robach underwent her first-ever mammogram live on “Good Morning America” in recognition of breast cancer awareness month. Weeks later, in November 2013, Robach announced to viewers that she had breast cancer. She ultimately underwent a double mastectomy and eight rounds of chemotherapy.

In the years since, she’s been an advocate for early detection and education, even sharing details of her unexpected journey with breast cancer in her New York Times best-selling book: “Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On To Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour.”

“Amy’s very public story has already prompted women into action,” said Tiffany McClung, co-chair of the 2017 luncheon. “Her inspiring journey, positive attitude and emphasis on education and early detection, which are important aspects of our mission, will impact the lives of so many women and their families in our community. We are thrilled to welcome her to The Woodlands.”

“Ultimately, the decision to do something, anything, can give a woman more options when it comes to the prevention and treatment of breast and ovarian cancer,” added luncheon co-chair Cheryl Brady. “Amy’s heartfelt message and perspective will empower women to seek out that first mammogram, to have a diagnostic screening, or talk to a genetic counselor.  The story she shares with our luncheon attendees will change lives, and better yet, save lives.”

Founded in 2001, Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health has raised nearly $5 million through the annual luncheon and ancillary programs like Pink Pals, a community fundraising program that enables individuals or groups to join the fight against breast and ovarian cancer in their own way. The money has been reinvested into the greater Montgomery County area to fund cutting-edge technology, programs and services for breast and ovarian cancer patients and survivors, and most recently to open Canopy, a free survivorship center for all cancer survivors.

2016 Allocations

On June 28, 2017, Memorial Hermann’s In The Pink of Health Committee announced the allocation of $650,000 to local organizations dedicated to cancer survivorship and women’s health issues.

“We say it time and time again, but our community should be praised. The families and companies that support our mission are so incredibly giving. Through their generosity we are able to make a positive and lasting impact on our friends and neighbors battling cancer,” said committee co-chairs Cheryl Brady and Tiffany McClung.

While the bulk of the funds were raised at the group’s annual luncheon, Pink Pals, a year-around community fundraising program that enables individuals or groups to join the fight against breast and ovarian cancer in their own way, also made a significant financial impact.

Beneficiaries of the 2016 funds include:

  • $225,000 to Canopy, a cancer survivorship center on the campus of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital
  • $84,000 to purchase Savi Scout, a new technology that helps radiologists and surgeons more accurately locate and remove a tumor in the breast
  • $68,000 to Interfaith Community Clinic to provide mammograms for underserved women and support breast cancer education and outreach
  • $60,200 in reserve funds for emergency needs
  • $50,000 to The Rose for breast screening, diagnostics, and treatment for any woman regardless of her age
  • $50,000 in seed money for the 2017 Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health luncheon scheduled for Sept. 29, 2017
  • $40,000 for educational materials provided to survivors via the oncology nurse navigator at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands
  • $31,500 to the Judith L. Robinson Foundation to assist in their mission to increase awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms
  • $25,000 Legacy Grant
  • $16,000 to further Pink Pals’ outreach efforts, plus Breast Care Center updates

“Canopy has become a home away from home for cancer survivors and their families. It’s a place where they can regroup, reflect and recharge,” said Amanda Poole, coordinator at Canopy. “Thanks to supporters like Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health, we’re able to build upon our mission to be a safe haven for our guests and support them along each step in their journey.”

About Memorial Hermann In The Pink of Health

Founded in 2001, Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health has raised nearly $5 million through the annual luncheon and ancillary programs like Pink Pals. The money has been reinvested into the greater Montgomery County area to fund cutting-edge technology, programs and services for breast and ovarian cancer patients and survivors, and most recently to open Canopy, a free survivorship center for all cancer survivors (and their caregivers) regardless of where they are receiving treatment.

For more information on how to get involved, visit www.inthepinkofhealth.org or call 713.897.PINK (7465).

 

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