Pink Platoon Recruiting Survivors

(GARDEN CITY, KAS.) Pink Platoon is calling up breast cancer survivors in southwest Kansas for a free health and wellness 'boot camp' from 8 am-3 pm on Saturday, May 7 at St Catherine Hospital, 401 E. Spruce.There is no cost to attend the event and each survivor is encouraged to bring a guest.

Pink Platoon was developed in partnership with St Catherine Hospital, Susan G. Komen Kansas and Midwest Cancer Alliance, the outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center. The 'boot camp' will take place in classroom B at St. Catherine Hospital and will include lunch plus nutrition and exercise tips, updates on common after-effects of treatment and workshops on 'Chemobrain', Yoga, Meditation, Sexuality, Genetics and more.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are nearly 14 million cancer survivors in the United States and that number continues to grow, yearly. However, American Cancer Society research shows that one out of every four survivors experiences a decrease in their quality of life due to physical issues like pain and memory loss and one in 10 encounter emotional problems.

"We developed the Pink Platoon program to provide real answers to the very real physical and emotional challenges that can await breast cancer survivors," says Midwest Cancer Alliance psychologist, Susan Krigel, PhD.

Krigel received a grant from Susan G. Komen Kansas to develop an educational and motivational program for cancer survivors in partnership with The Breast Center at St Catherine Hospital.

"This is going to be a day of information and empowerment for breast cancer survivors in southwest Kansas," promises Breast Center nurse, Heather Wright-Renick, RN. She adds," Plus, we have some ideas up our sleeves to make sure it's fun, too."

To 'enlist' for the Pink Platoon 'boot camp' and get more information call Lisa at 620-272-2380 or email lisabeggs@centura.org.

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About St. Catherine Hospital
St. Catherine Hospital was founded by two pioneering physicians and the Dominican Sisters in 1931 and is a Joint Commission-accredited, award winning regional health care center that provides a full-range of medical specialties in southwest Kansas. Exceptional care, extraordinary people - it's what makes the St. Catherine Hospital difference. For more information, please visit www.stcatherinehosp.org.

About Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), the outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, is a membership-based organization that brings together cancer research, care and support professionals to advance the quality and reach of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivorship in the Heartland.

Media Contact:
Shawna Deal
St. Catherine Hospital, Centura Health
Community Relations Coordinator
620-272-2529 (desk)
620-805-9959 (cell)
ShawnaDeal@Centura.org