BreastFest is a program presented by Weirton Medical Center Breast Care during the month of October to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The purpose of the BreastFest is to provide information about breast cancer, to recognize and support the breast cancer survivors in our community and to raise funds to support breast cancer programs in the greater Weirton area. We welcome all women to participate in this friendly and fun event.
In 2013 and 2014, BreastFest was proud to partner with Athena's Closet, a local organization which provides funds for the unmet needs of persons with cancer.
In 2014 we were delighted to welcome the Weirton Fire Department to the event. Each of these men sell pink T-shirts with proceeds going to support the work of Athena's Closet.
An integral part of BreastFest is the annual Bra Decorating Contest. The contest is open to individuals, groups and businesses and the bras are displayed at BreastFest. Attendees at the event vote on their favorite bra and the top three vote getters win prizes and bragging rights for the year.
In 2014 the program featured a panel of local survivors: Megan Green from Steubenville, Loretta Lescallette from Weirton and Justine Zuleba from Burgettstown. The audience appreciated hearing their stories and perspectives on their treatment for the disease and life with breast cancer. They were truly inspiring!
Members of the Weirton Breast Care team were introduced, including: Dr. Carol Slomski, breast surgeon, Drs. Eric Balzano and Kara Leslie, breast radiologists, Dr. Lisa Brancazio, pathologist, Dr. Jason Stepp, oncologist, Ashley Pesta, RN, nurse navigator, Dr. Thomas Lheureau, surgeon and Dana and Alyssa, certified lymphedema therapists.
And, of course, there were door prizes including an overnight stay donated by Mountaineer Casino, a piece of jewelry donated by Rich Saxon and a Macy's gift card donated by Athena's Closet. Ianetti's also donated 12 beautiful mums which served as decorations at the event and later were taken home by 12 lucky winners.
No event is complete without food and we thank Chef Nick for a wonderful and delicious selection of food and drink.
Funds from BreastFest were used to purchase an L-Dex machine. This machine is used to detect lymphedema in the arm before it becomes apparent to a woman or her doctor. When lymphedema is detected early it has a better chance of being successfully treated and less chance of becoming a chronic problem. The Breast Care Team at Weirton Medical Center is proud to be able to offer this tool to the women of our community.
We thank our generous sponsors and donors. A complete list of donors can be found at WeirtonMedical.com. Click on About the Foundation and then Special Events.
BreastFest 2015, presented by WMC BreastCare, Athena's Closet and the Weirton Fire Department was another wonderful event attended by over 250 people.
The featured speaker was Christine Simpson of the National Breast Cancer Coalition speaking about advocacy and the campaign to end breast cancer by 2025.
Highlights of the program included door prizes, wonderful food, the bra decorating contest and a fun photo booth.
Continue on to see pictures of this year's event.