Got any plans for Thursday, October 4th from 6 to 8 PM? Hopefully, you will embrace the worldwide “think pink” movement and join us at Physicians Regional Healthcare System’s annual Pink Party in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
You may already know Physicians Regional from our convenient Walk-In Clinic at the corner of Barfield and San Marco on Marco Island. Or you may also recognize our hospitals on Collier Boulevard and Pine Ridge Road. However, for so many, we have increasingly become known for hosting one of the most popular events of the year. I am so proud that the Physicians Regional Pink Party has become one of the local highpoints of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This year’s event will be held at Physicians Regional-Pine Ridge.
The Pink Party helps raise awareness for women’s health issues including those in our area who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. And this year, proceeds will benefit the very deserving Neighborhood Health Clinic.
A local grassroots organization, The Neighborhood Health Clinic’s mission is to deliver quality medical and dental care to low-income, working but uninsured Collier County adults. The group is run by a professional volunteer staff and funded by private donations. Even if you are unable to attend the Pink Party, please visit www.NeighborhoodHealthClinic.org to learn how you can support their extraordinary work. They deserve your time and attention—as do the very important members of our community that they serve.
As many already know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual international health campaign to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
The campaign is intended to promote the sharing of information and support to those affected by breast cancer and promote the importance of early screening, tests and more.
Each year, I’m always so pleased to see how pink dominates the landscape during October. However, as a healthcare professional, Breast Cancer Awareness Months carries much greater responsibility. It’s our job to provide the tools that lead to “awareness.”
It’s not enough to just wear pink; we must honor the spirit of the event founders, most notably the American Cancer Society, and focus on education. It’s one thing for the general public to see pink and know it’s a shout out to breast cancer charities—it’s quite another to be a member of the community who is actually AWARE.
This is the seventh year we have hosted the Pink Party—part party, as the name suggests, and part educational outing. Once again, the Pink Party will mix food, music, prizes and giveaways with important wellness advice, philanthropy and complimentary health screenings.
Pink Partiers will have the opportunity to speak with Physician Regional’s team of skilled physicians on topics including women’s health, primary care, cardiology, orthopedic surgery, digestive health, urology and more.
By offering women a single event location to obtain information on a wide variety of health care issues, we also provide them with the essential tools necessary to help medically safeguard their future.
It’s great to have the chance to remind women to take a little bit of time for themselves—get all their routine evaluations done. And to provide a format enabling patients and physicians to speak outside of an office setting is always a bonus.
And gentlemen, you’re welcome, too. I find it so refreshing to see men take time to understand the issues that face—or potentially face—the women in their lives. The Pink Party is a great way for you to show your support for your loved ones as well as others in our community.
Promoting awareness empowers both women and men to learn about preventative measures and take a more active role in their healthcare choices. With the Pink Party, we’re making health and wellness education fun.