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Community invited to tree-lighting ceremony

Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,

Event to kick off breast cancer awareness month

The community is invited to a tree-lighting ceremony to commemorate October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The free event will take place simultaneously at two locations: at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, 120 N. Oak St., Hinsdale, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange.


Speakers at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital include Chief Executive Officer David L. Crane, Dr. Patricia Madej, medical director of the hospital’s comprehensive breast center, and Hinsdale resident Betsy Sweeney, a breast cancer survivor who was treated at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Refreshments will be served.


Members of the community will be able to sign an American Cancer Society banner pledging to get their annual mammogram and urging their loved ones to do the same.


At both hospitals, winners of the amateur Pink Ribbon Art Contest also will be announced and prizes will be awarded. A silent auction will be held for donated professional art pieces, with proceeds benefiting Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals Breast Cancer Education and Outreach funds. Winners of the hospital’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month children’s essay contest also will be announced and the winning entries read aloud.

Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 U.S. women. In 2009, an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in U.S. women, according to

“Join our hospitals in making a stand. We will not allow breast cancer to keep taking our mothers, our sisters, our daughters or ourselves,” said Sandy Muller, technical manager of women’s services at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s outpatient imaging centers.


Representatives from Wellness House, which provides information, support and a community to help families living with cancer, will attend and share information about a new breast cancer network group. At Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, a local teenager also will sell handmade pink ribbon flip-flops, with proceeds benefiting the hospital’s breast cancer outreach fund.


For more information, call 630-856-7500 or visit



Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.  To find a physician, visit