Breast Cancer Events Raise Awareness, Research Funds

October 2011 was a very pink month, with many events occurring around metro Atlanta to raise awareness about breast cancer and funds for research. Among them were three major events that highlighted Winship’s leadership role in the quest for a cure.

Be the Boss of You Breast Cancer Trail Ride

The second annual Be the Boss of You breast cancer trail ride sponsored by Boss Brothers Country Store (Loganville, GA) raised $25,000 for Winship’s Glenn Family Breast Program. This BYOH (bring your own horse) trail ride attracted more than 200 riders and spectators, who were encouraged to be their own bosses and get check-ups to catch early signs of breast cancer.

After riding the beautiful wooded trails at Turnberry Bleu Farm in Monroe, Georgia, riders and other attendees enjoyed an evening of dinner, auctions, and entertainment. Dr. Sheryl Gabram-Mendola, Winship breast surgical oncologist and professor of surgery in the Emory School of Medicine, was the featured medical speaker.


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Hanna Mendola, Dr. Sheryl Gabram-Mendola, and event sponsors Ken and Susan Boss of Boss Brothers Country Store welcomed more than 200 riders and spectators in the second annual Be the Boss of You breast cancer trail ride.


BJ's Pink Picnic

Also “in the pink” was BJ’s Wholesale Club’s annual Pink Picnic to celebrate breast cancer survivors and to raise community awareness about the disease. Among the featured speakers was breast cancer survivor and WSB-TV anchor Monica Pearson.

BJ’s Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of BJ’s Wholesale Club, has worked closely with Winship since 2006, donating more than $250,000 (including $43,200 in 2011 alone) for the BJ’s Breast Cancer Fund in support of Winship’s Glenn Family Breast Program.

“We are honored to be among the nation’s top cancer programs recognized by BJ’s for excellence in breast cancer care and research,” said Dr. Curran, Winship executive director.



Breast cancer survivor and WSB-TV news anchor Monica Pearson (third from left) and Winship nurse practitioner Christine McCarthy (third from right), pictured with the BJ's Wholesale Club staff, attended BJ's annual Pink Picnic to raise awareness of breast cancer and Winship's groundbreaking research.


Bloomingdale's Ready, Set, Pink

Finally, Bloomingdale’s hosted its Ready, Set, Pink educational event at Lenox Square, in partnership with Winship, to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Winship medical oncologist Dr. Amelia Zelnak and radiation oncologist Dr. Mylin Torres were available to answer questions, and  Friends of Winship  members were on hand  to promote awareness of our breast cancer programs and  Friends memberships.



Volunteering at Bloomingdale's breast cancer awareness event last October are Friends of Winship members Sally Montgomery, Connie Frazer (sitting), and Harriet Kirkpatrick.

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