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Morris Hospital to host Friday night event for breast cancer awareness

Ladies invited to Morris Hospital breast cancer awareness event

Morris Hospital mammography technologists Dawn Johnson (from left), Sarah Brooks and Melissa Craig raise awareness for breast cancer early detection at a previous Hip Hop for Hope event.
Morris Hospital mammography technologists Dawn Johnson (from left), Sarah Brooks and Melissa Craig raise awareness for breast cancer early detection at a previous Hip Hop for Hope event.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Morris Hospital is hosting a free community event, Hip Hop for Hope, on Friday night, Oct. 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the gym at the former Shabbona School, 725 School St. in Morris. Attendees should enter through door number 18 on the south side of the building.

This special ladies night out event will feature a hip hop exercise class, breast cancer awareness education, refreshments, door prizes and giveaways. The gym will be decorated with black lights, disco balls and pink ribbon décor.

Women of all ages are welcome to attend. Participants are encouraged to wear pink to show support for breast cancer awareness.

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer. On their website, ACS says getting regular screening test is the most reliable way to find breast cancer early, when it’s easier to treat successfully.

“Our event is really about raising awareness for breast cancer early detection by bringing women together with their friends in a fun and positive setting,” says Terri Jacob, RN, Breast Health Navigator at Morris Hospital. “Every day through my role as a breast health navigator I have the opportunity to see that breast cancer early detection really does make a difference. Our goal through Hip Hop is to empower women to take care of themselves.”

Reservations are not needed, participants can just show up to join in.

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