Prevention and early detection were the themes of Providence Day's 25th annual Breast Cancer Luncheon on Wednesday.
The tradition started in 1998 with alumna Erika Proko Hamilton '99, who began the event in honor of her mother's breast cancer diagnosis and successful recovery. Senior girls, their mothers, faculty, staff, and special guests gathered to hear speakers talk about the disease that remains the most common cancer diagnosed in American women.
Bobbie Hinson, former PD science department chair, current PD archivist, and alumni parent, discussed breast cancer statistics, including disparities that impact Black and Hispanic and Latina women, and gave instructions for breast self-exams. Leigh Dyer ’88, Director of Strategic Marketing and Communication at PD, discussed her journey with breast cancer and reliable resources to use for research, including cancer.org and cancer.gov. Stuart Cojac, grandparent to Ayla Andrews ’23 and breast cancer survivor, shed light on the fact that men are at risk of breast cancer as well.
The event paid tribute to survivors within the PD community, as well as the memories of PD teachers Lou Porter and Pamela Wilson, who both lost their lives to the disease.
Elle Gibbs ’23 made the cookies and cake for the luncheon and Lela Aragon-Rico ’23 designed this year's t-shirts. The event was made possible by a committee of PD faculty, staff, and students.