The annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day will be held at the state Capitol on Tuesday, April 21. The educational event is free to the public and provides information on prevention, treatment, support groups and other pertinent topics.
“This is always a great event in helping patients and their families learn more about treatment options, as well as raise awareness about early detection through self-exams and regular medical checkups,” said Sen. Anastasia Pittman, D-Oklahoma City. “One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime and more than 500 Oklahoma women will lose their lives to breast cancer this year. Events like this are important so I encourage people to wear pink and join us on Tuesday at the Capitol to learn more.”
The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the 4th floor Rotunda. There will be several vendors from around the state with information on detection and prevention as well as treatment options, medical assistance and a variety of other information for patients and survivors.
This year’s sponsors include the Professional Firefighters of Oklahoma (PFFO) and Tulsa and Oklahoma City IAFF Locals 157 and 176 with the support of Sen. Anastasia Pittman (D-Oklahoma City), Sen. Kevin Matthews (D-Tulsa), Rep. Charles Ortega (R-Altus), Rep. George Young (D-Oklahoma City), Rep Mike Shelton (D-Oklahoma City), Soulful Survivors, Inc. of Tulsa, Soulful Survivors President Saundra McClelland, PFFO Legislative Director Chalk Norton, and former State Senator and breast cancer survivor Judy Eason McIntyre.
“I hope Oklahomans will come to the Capitol and show their support of breast cancer awareness in our great state,” said Eason McIntyre. “I’m so thankful for all of the organizations that come together each year to make this a successful event.”