LANL raises breast cancer awareness

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Wellness: A number of events are scheduled for this month

By The Staff

Los Alamos National Laboratory is doing its part to raise awareness of breast cancer by holding a number of events in October.
In conjunction with national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, LANL started its “Think Pink for the Cure” campaign the week of Oct. 3.
Events, though, are from over. Coming up this month will be a:
• Cancer care resource fair, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oct. 19, Otowi Building cafeteria side rooms.
• A 1.5-mile run/walk, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at TA-3. Sign up at 11 a.m. outside the Otowi Building. Volunteers are needed.
• “Tips and Pearls on Breast Cancer,” 12:05 p.m., Oct. 25, Occupational Medicine Conference Room (TA-3, Building 1411). Nurse practitioner Karen Knapp will lead the discussion, offering tips on lifestyle changes to help prevent breast cancer, how to detect it as well as current treatment options. Register online.
“As a breast cancer survivor, I know how a diagnosis of breast cancer can impact not only the person receiving the diagnosis, but their family members, friends and coworkers,” said Wynona Holton of LANL’s System Integration Group. “All of us have been in some way touched by cancer.”
Holton has created a display in her work area to raise awareness of cancer again this year. The display focuses on breast cancer, but information on other forms of cancer is also available. The exhibit is at TA-3, Buildings 132 and 1498 mezzanine (L- and Q-cleared only) during October.
Employees can show their support for cancer awareness by participating in the 1.5-mile run/walk and by wearing pink on Oct. 19 to celebrate cancer survivors and in memory of those who have died. Cancer survivors will lead the walk and participants will be asked to observe a moment of silence for cancer victims at the start of the walk/run, Holton said.
 Participants can obtain a pink or black “Think Pink for the Cure” shirt for a suggested donation of $20. The shirts are available at the Community Programs Office downtown and at the registration table at the run/walk. Only cash is accepted for the shirts. All funds raised will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.