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Survivors Breakfasts and Flag Raising Ceremonies Kick Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month

FLAGLER & VOLUSIA COUNTIES, Fla., October 3, 2013 – To celebrate the start of breast cancer awareness month, the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties hosted breakfasts for survivors, as well as flag raising ceremonies, on October 1.

All in all, approximately 250 community members joined Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler in this celebration. The pink flags will fly all month long, in an effort to continue to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and the life-saving benefits of annual mammograms.

At Florida Hospital DeLand, 701 W. Plymouth Ave., DeLand, general surgeon Dr. Thomas Corbyons spoke for breast cancer survivors at a special breakfast. Afterwards, the survivors joined community members for a pink flag raising ceremony, led by Florida Hospital DeLand CEO Tim Cook.

At Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, 1055 Saxon Blvd., Orange City, breast cancer survivors and community members enjoyed a pink flag raising ceremony, led by Chief Operating Officer Danielle Johnson. Afterwards, the survivors had a special breakfast with general surgeon Dr. Walter Hayne. 

At Florida Hospital Flagler, 60 Memorial Medical Parkway, Palm Coast, breast cancer survivors enjoyed a special breakfast with physician guests Dr. Alvaro Alvarez, radiation oncologist, Dr. Philip Ndum, hematologist/oncologist, and Dr. Miren Schinco, intensivist and general surgeon. Afterwards, the survivors were joined by community members for a pink-flag raising ceremony.

At Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, 301 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach, breast cancer survivors joined the hospital for breakfast, followed by a pink flag raising ceremony with community members, led by Luis Chanaga, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center Administrator.

This event was part of the annual Florida Hospital Pink Army campaign, which was launched in the fall of 2010 and is aimed at enlisting individuals to help create greater awareness about breast cancer. To learn more, visit www.JoinThePinkArmy.com.

About Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler
Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler is a member of the Adventist Health System, the nation’s largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider with a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation, with 44 hospitals within ten states, 79,000 employees, 7,700 licensed beds, and 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.

With five hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, Florida Hospital is the largest hospital system in the area, with 788 beds, 4,900 employees, and 650,000 patients every year. In 2012, Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler collectively contributed more than $110 million in benefits to the underprivileged, the community’s overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements.

Photo Caption:
To celebrate the start of breast cancer awareness month, the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties hosted breakfasts for survivors, as well as flag raising ceremonies, on October 1. Here, Luis Chanaga, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center Administrator, leads a flag raising ceremony for community members while Breast Cancer Navigators Charlene Brady and Cindy Thornton help raise the flag. The pink flag will fly all month long, in an effort to increase awareness about the importance of early detection and the life-saving benefits of annual mammograms.