November 03, 2010
Florida Hospital DeLand Inspires Others to Support Breast Cancer Awareness
DeLand, Fla., November 4, 2010 - This October, Florida Hospital DeLand inspired its staff and the DeLand community to help raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer, honor breast cancer survivors, educate people about early detection, and share steps they can take to reduce their risk.

Florida Hospital DeLand raised approximately $20,000 with all proceeds from this year’s events benefitting the Victoria Women’s Center, which specializes in providing diagnostic services for women, including digital mammograms.
“Florida Hospital DeLand is committed to the fight and to our community,” said Jennifer Lyons, Foundation Director. “As the second most common form of cancer found in women, we need to continue to raise awareness and educate. These events do just that, as well as raise funds for the necessary tools to use in the fight.”
Starting at the beginning of the month, Fight like a Girl ¬T-shirts were sold at Florida Hospital DeLand and throughout the community. This was the third year that general surgeon Joel Bautista, MD, donated the shirts to the cause to help raise money.

Other fundraisers occurred throughout the month, such as pink hair extensions and raffles, along with recruitment of soldiers to the Pink Army. Through Volusia/Flagler Florida Hospital’s Pink Army campaign, more than 5,000 people “enlisted” in the Pink Army countywide and served as messengers of awareness about breast cancer.

The Inspiring Beauty Breast Cancer Fashion Show was the culminating event, as it has been for the past 13 years. Hosted at the historic Athens Theatre, the fashion show celebrated breast cancer survivors, educated women about early detection and prevention, and raised money to fund prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer. After the models walked the catwalk, special guest, Megan Clementi, Miss Florida USA 2010, inspired the crowd with a motivational talk.
The many events that took place this October were facilitated by the Florida Hospital DeLand Foundation.

“The Foundation provides necessary funds to enhance and expand the facilities and services at Florida Hospital DeLand,” said Lyons. “We are continually working to provide funds for every department associated with the hospital.”

The Victoria Women’s Center is a service of Florida Hospital DeLand at their newest facility location – Victoria Medical Park, located at 151 Victoria Commons Blvd., DeLand.

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