In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the MLC Cancer Foundation hosts “A Pink Event – Wellness Symposium & Fundraiser,” honoring the lives of cancer survivors. Patricia Via founded the organization in 2012 to give back to cancer patients and survivors. Since its inception, she has raised over $180,000 in funds for cancer patients.
The event is at 3 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the New College Institute, 191 Fayette Street, Martinsville, and helps to save lives, educate and honor those that have succumbed to cancer. Funds raised will help to provide mammographic breast screening and diagnostics to uninsured women, provide financial assistance to cover medical cost for treatments and to cover costs for genetic testing.
Destination DC, EH Hodge Automotive Group, and Donohoe Hospitality are sponsors of MLC Cancer Foundation and the Pink Event. Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness, Martinsville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc- Upsilon Delta Zeta Chapter Martinsville, Martinsville City Police Department and VCU Cancer Massey Center are 2022 MLC Cancer Foundation Community Partners.
In October, MLC kicks off its CAN [Take Control And Navigate Your Health] marketing campaign on Facebook (@MLCCancerFoundation), Instagram (@MLCCancerFoundation) and Twitter (@THEMLCCF). Those in the Martinsville and surrounding areas are encouraged to help save lives and decrease the death rate after cancer diagnosis. Learn how to turn ‘can’t’ to ‘can’ with Genetic Testing, how to talk with your doctor, balance faith and facts with your health. The foundation also hosts the “I CAN” panel with community members to have frank conversations around navigating your health. Early detection saves lives, and the marketing campaign will promote the benefits of health screenings. All attendees will take home resources to help them in their health journey. Two cancer patients will be awarded $2,500 toward their cancer medical journey at the event.
Speakers will include Indira Lindsay Roberts, Regional Manager in Oncology and Women’s Health
Invitae Genetics; Nayo Wills, MD, IFMCP Nava Health & Vitality Center; and Tiffany D. Morris, DNP, MS Ed. MSN, RN CNE, Associate Professor of Nursing/Elon University.