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Proceeds from Elvis in Pink Support the Community Outreach Program at Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute

October 05 2011

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Saint Elizabeth Foundation will hold their 2nd Elvis in Pink fundraiser on Wednesday, October 19 at the Rococo Theatre. Proceeds from the event will go to the Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute to support their extensive community outreach program that works to build awareness in Southeast Nebraska about the importance of cancer prevention and early detection. 

Guests will be entertained by Elvis impersonator, Joseph Hall, who was in the top ten on NBC's hit show America's Got Talent and won third place in the 2008 Ultimate Elvis Competition held in Memphis, Tennessee. Vanessa Brown, news anchor from KLKN TV in Lincoln, Nebraska, will be the emcee for the evening, and guests will also have the opportunity to meet Kim Moore, who was recently appointed President and CEO of Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center.

The Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute invites the community to attend the fundraiser and make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. The evening begins at 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy an Italian buffet between 6 – 7 p.m.

Throughout the evening, guests will have the opportunity to purchase the chance to win several grand prizes, such as a weekend in Branson, Missouri, to see Joseph Hall perform. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased by calling the Rococo box office at 402-476-4467 or online at www.rococotheatre.com.

"One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime," says Mary Trauernicht, director of oncology services at Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute. "We are committed to making a difference in the lives of women through education on the importance of screenings for breast cancer."

The Saint Elizabeth Cancer Outreach team works hard to identify and screen women who might fall through the cracks because of income, age or other disqualifiers. They hold monthly clinical breast exams at the People's Health Center in Lincoln, and they also offer further diagnostic testing, including mammograms, through a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure® if the woman meets eligibility requirements and wouldn't be able to pay for it otherwise.

In 2011, it is estimated that more than 280,000 cases of breast cancer will be newly diagnosed in the United States, and nearly 40,000 will die from the disease, according to the "2011 Cancer Facts and Figures" published by the American Cancer Society.

“It is more important than ever to continue to fight against the disease,” says Trauernicht. “We are very appreciative of the support we received from the community last year, and we hope everyone will join us again this year.”

For more information, visit http://www.saintelizabethonline.com/elvisinpink.html

 

About the Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute

The Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute in Lincoln, Neb., offers cancer services encompassing prevention, education, survivorship and palliative care programs. Focused on providing clinical excellence in a healing environment, the specialized team offers: infusion therapy, radiation therapy, a cancer genetic counselor, a smoking cessation counselor, nurse and survivorship navigators, an educational library, support groups, educational seminars and a wide range of clinical trials. Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute’s new innovative services are offering cancer patients more support than ever before. 

The Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute is 1 of 30 community cancer centers in the nation selected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as an NCI Community Cancer Center (NCCCP). The NCCCP is a network of community hospitals focused on expanding cancer research and delivering the latest, most advanced cancer care from prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship to more Americans in their home communities.

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