By: Anthony Matrisciano
September 28, 2011
Breast cancer survivors can help educate, inspire others
September 28, 2011, Wilkes-Barre, PA - Earlier this year, ten Northeastern Pennsylvania residents took the brave step of sharing their personal stories of surviving breast cancer in an effort to educate others about the disease. Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) collected their experiences for the company’s 11th annual Gallery of Hope, a traveling display containing survivor profiles and educational materials designed to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer.
Now, BCNEPA is seeking nominations for its 2012 Gallery of Hope.
Any female or male breast cancer survivor residing within BCNEPA’s 13-county service area can be nominated. Simply go to www.bcnepa.com/hope before November 4th and click on “Nominate a Survivor” to nominate a friend or family member for consideration. The 2012 honorees will be announced in January.
Honorees in the 2011 Gallery of Hope included:
a 67-year old grandmother from Luzerne County who inspired others fighting the disease by sky-diving into a Relay for Life event;
a 37-year old teacher from Monroe County who helped raise money and awareness by participating in a fashion show fundraiser;
a 44-year old ballroom dance instructor from Wyoming County who encourages cancer patients to stay active and positive with dance and yoga; and
a 63-year old farm owner from Tioga County who has started a companion dog therapy program for other cancer patients.
“Being a Gallery of Hope honoree is an opportunity to help us educate others,” said Cynthia A. Yevich, senior director of corporate affairs for BCNEPA. “If detected early, the five-year survival rate for localized breast cancer is 97%. We encourage survivors to share their stories to help us reinforce how important self-exams, screenings, and early detection are in order to beat this disease.”
BCNEPA’s 2011 Gallery of Hope is currently available for exhibit throughout northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. Visit www.bcnepa.com/hope to request the Gallery display for an upcoming event in your community.
About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association headquartered in Wilkes-Barre. It offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to approximately 600,000 individuals in 13 counties in Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania. The company’s mission is to provide innovative solutions that support more affordable health care, promote personal accountability for health and wellness, and offer superior service and partnership to employers, members, and providers.