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Race proceeds will fund mammograms for women in need
Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Oak Brook Park District team up for breast cancer awareness

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and the Oak Brook Park District are teaming up to raise breast cancer awareness. Proceeds from the park district’s second annual Pink 5K Run/Walk, taking place May 12 in Central Park, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, will benefit Hinsdale Hospital Foundation’s Open Arms Breast Cancer Awareness Outreach Fund. Register online at

At least $5 of every registration will be donated directly to Open Arms; the park district has committed to a minimum donation of $2,500. Open Arms was established to help local women get potentially life-saving screening mammograms they couldn’t otherwise afford.

“Even in our affluent area, there are many women who are not having screening mammography due to lack of health insurance,” said Sandy Mueller, associate director of oncology outreach for Adventist Midwest Health. “That’s why our staff created a fund to help give women equal access to life-saving tests, regardless of whether they can afford it.”

On Oct. 4, Open Arms will provide 40 free mammograms to 40 women in need age 40 and older. For more information on this program, call Mueller at 630-856-4801.

“To put it simply, catching breast cancer early through mammography saves lives,” said Dr. Sara Anschuetz, a radiologist who specializes in breast imaging at Adventist Midwest Health. “Studies have shown that screening mammograms can lower the breast cancer death rate by 20 to 40 percent. The majority of patients with breast cancer typically have no risk factors.”

The Pink 5K is sponsored by Evergreen Bank Group and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. It is a CARA-certified race that will start and end near Central Park West. The run/walk is open to all ages. Timing chips and T-shirts are available for those who pre-register before April 23. Race fee is $30 ($25 for CARA members) on or before April 23. Race fees increase by $5 after April 23. Registration begins at 6 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m., rain or shine, May 12.

“Open Arms recognizes a need here at home for breast cancer outreach and awareness and we are very excited to be able to assist a local foundation in realizing its mission to provide hope and healing in our own community,” said Jessica Alexenko, marketing manager for the Oak Brook Park District.

Last year, the Oak Brook Park District’s inaugural Pink 5K attracted more than 125 participants and registration numbers are expected to double for this year’s event.

For more information, visit or contact Clay Manley at

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

Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-856-2354