SHELBYVILLE, IL, – Shelby Memorial Hospital (SMH) encourages women to get their mammograms because early detection is a woman’s best protection. The National Cancer Institute states that excluding skin cancers, cancer of the breast is the second most common cancer in women. With one out of eight women diagnosed with breast cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends that women over the age of 40 receive a mammogram every one to two years. 

The September Girls Night Out (GNO), sponsored by SMH will focus on breast health. Please join us for an evening of stories, valuable information and simple strategies designed to educate and promote wellness among women. GNO will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30th at the Lake Shelbyville Visitors Center, located on Rt. 16 east of the main dam. All women in the community are invited to attend.

Guest speaker Gayle Young, Office and Finance Director for the Memorial Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Foundation, will share how a promise between two Peoria sisters became the world’s leader of the breast cancer prevention movement.

Susan Komen fought her disease with all of her heart, body and soul. During her many days in the hospital, she concentrated on how she could make life better for others who were battling breast cancer. Though she eventually lost her battle with the disease, her legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the organization that her sister Nancy started in her honor.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure has invested more than a billion dollars since its inception in 1982. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

Funds are raised in various ways for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, including the famous Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. In 2014, more than 100 races were held nationwide with more than one million people participating.

From these proceeds the organization finances national research, local breast health education and breast cancer outreach programs. The majority of the net proceeds fund community projects related to breast health, screening and treatment. One such example is the SMH Pink Ribbon Program, which provides funding for mammography screenings and diagnostics for women who are uninsured or underinsured at no cost to them.

Breast cancer survivor, Pam Uphoff, will be the second guest speaker for the evening. Uphoff will talk about her journey with breast cancer that began nearly eight years ago when a nickel sized cyst was discovered in her very dense breast tissue. She had a series of benign tumors with follow-up mammograms and biopsies. Breast cancer was no stranger to her, as it affected her mother, great aunt and sister, which taught her to become her own advocate. In June of 2012, the biopsy came back as malignant which led to a double mastectomy.

In addition to the informative presentations and motivating storytelling on these topics, there will be a surprise for each woman in attendance. SMH will raffle special gifts throughout the evening to attendees. One participant will receive a very special gift bag which is always a unique feature of Girls Night Out. Healthy snacks will be available.

While waiting for the presentations to begin, feel free to peruse a table of fine cosmetics and products from Mary Kay. Jill Wells, Independent Beauty Consultant of Mary Kay will be on hand for consultation.

Annette Bosie, RN, Coordinator for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer (IBCCP), will also be available with information on their programs. The IBCCP offers free mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests to eligible women. Even if a woman has already been diagnosed with cancer, she may receive free treatment if she qualifies. The program has been providing breast and cervical cancer screenings to the women of Illinois since 1995.

Since 2009 when Girls Night Out was formed, SMH has addressed a wide-variety of relevant health topics; however, the focal point continues to be breast health. Mammograms are available at SMH by appointment. For more information on Girls Night Out, or to schedule a mammogram, please visit or call Shelby Memorial Hospital at 217-774-3961, ext. 5171.

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