September 22, 2009
Sparkling trees to light up hospital for breast cancer awareness
Hinsdale – To show its determination to win against breast cancer, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital will hold its first Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the hospital’s east entrance.
“We are going to light as many trees as we can with pink lights, starting at the entrance and fanning out,” said Sandy Mueller, technical manger of Adventist Midwest Health’s DuPage Imaging Center. “It’s our way of showing to the community that we’re committed to finding a way through the darkness of breast cancer and that Adventist Hinsdale Hospital wants to light the way toward finding a cure.”
The ceremony will open with a devotional from the pastoral care department. Prior to the tree lighting, oncologist Dr. Donald Sweet and breast cancer survivor Betsy Sweeney of Hinsdale will discuss the importance of fighting against breast cancer.
Sweet said the commitment to improving education and cancer treatments while decreasing breast cancer risk factors must be unwavering. “We owe it to the women of our community,” he said.
Following the ceremony, Mueller invites the community to enjoy music and refreshments on the rooftop garden, where its fountain will also be lit in pink lights.
Approximately 200,000 new women are diagnosed each year with breast cancer. Early detection of the disease is important to its cure. The 10-year survival rate for Stage I breast cancer is 90 percent, but only about 10 percent at Stage IV.
“Our team at the DuPage Imaging Center is very passionate about breast cancer awareness,” Mueller said. “This is one way we can take a stand against it. We want to do whatever we can to detect it earlier, fight it and treat it.”
For more information, contact Mueller at (630) 856-4801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.