Smith Breast Center helps 'Paint the Rodeo Pink'
April 1, 2012
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo enlisted the help of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center physicians, nurses and staff to help them "Paint the Rodeo Pink" March 9 – the day the rodeo designated for breast cancer awareness.
The Smith Breast Center helped to educate a large group of men, women and families. More than 60,000 attended the rodeo that day.
The Smith Breast Center was the only local breast care center that participated in the rodeo's breast cancer awareness exhibit.
From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the staff worked tirelessly to engage the rodeo crowd, reminding them what age screening should begin, why early detection is important and what lifestyle behaviors they can practice to reduce their risk. Educational materials were passed out with more in-depth information.
"Prevention, detection and education are the vital points that we tried to stress. There were so many young ladies and women that did not know how to do a self breast exam, when to do them or when to obtain their first mammogram. They were very grateful for our insight and help," said research coordinator Claudette Foreman. "It was also very gratifying to see so many survivors and to hear their stories."
The event was organized by Foreman, Brenda Reusser, Crissy Stratta and Brandy Garrett.
"I want to thank those who volunteered for this event," said Dr. Mothaffar Rimawi, medical director of the Smith Breast Center. "It was a huge success and highlighted our center, our incredible staff and the services we provide to our community as well as our research efforts."
The following Sunday, the Breast Center staff helped generate awareness at another large community event –The Houston Aeros Breast Cancer Awareness Game.
Rimawi dropped the opening puck at the game. The Breast Center staff provided educational materials to game attendees.
"The dedication and passion with which these events were planned and executed is a bright example of how the outstanding people we have at the breast center go above and beyond to serve our community, raise awareness about breast cancer and highlight the services we provide at our center," Rimawi said.