Kadlec Raises Pink Ribbon Flag for Breast Cancer Awareness

Kadlec Raises Pink Ribbon Flag for Breast Cancer Awareness

We are just two days shy of the start of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

As a way to honor those who have battled the deadly disease, people gather a ceremony for a flag with a pink ribbon on it is raised at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

It’s been one year since Janeen Clark was first diagnosed with breast cancer and having beaten it, she said no matter what, it’s important for these women to be here for one another.

“We don’t all have the same ending and even after you have survived, I don’t know what my future holds,” said Clark.

This is the 11th year Kadlec is raising this flag and Hospital Employee Jennifer Dollina has been a part of the ceremony in the past but this is her first time being here as a breast cancer survivor.

“It makes me look at it differently,” said Dollina. “It makes me think how important all of this is.”

Doctors, nurses and volunteers gathered to watch the flag go up this morning.

All bowing their heads in prayer, and raising their glasses to honor those who survived, those still fighting and those who lost their battles.

Dollina said she was one of the lucky ones who caught the disease in stage one and she hopes this flag will remind women to get their annual testing.

“Get your mammograms,” said Dollina. “If you’re not working and you don’t have insurance, there’s programs but get that mammogram and stay on top of it.”

The flag will stay up through the entire month of October.

The Kadlec staff wants to remind you that you should take your health into your own hands and stay on top of it.

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