CKHS Cancer Services and Drexel Hill Little League Host “Pink in the Park”
Young girls pose for a photo holding their CKHS
Cancer Services rally towels and pretzels.
DREXEL HILL - Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System Cancer Services recently partnered with the Drexel Hill Little League for “Pink in the Park,” an event aimed at raising awareness of breast health and breast cancer. The event was held at Dermond Field in Drexel Hill.
It was a rather cold and cloudy Saturday morning but that didn’t stop the hundreds of little leaguers from picking up their gloves. Throughout the countless baseball and softball fields, little leaguers were scattered about wearing traces of pink. Pink hats, bracelets, sweatbands, hair ties, you name it. There was even a field that had pink bases in honor of the partnership for “Pink in the Park.”
Coaches, parents and children pose for a picture in front of the CKHS
Cancer Services information table, showing off their free pink merchandise.
Pink in the Park is a program offered by CKHS Cancer Services. For the past two years, CKHS staff has partnered with area sporting leagues - such as soccer, football, and baseball – to provide breast cancer awareness in the community where they live and play.
“We attend a day when there are several teams playing and set up an informational table providing materials on breast cancer prevention,” says Debbie Simon, director of Healthline Services at DCMH. We also include information on lung, colorectal and other types of cancers. “Our staff is available to answer questions and talk to parents about the importance of screening and early detection. There are prizes, pretzels and a lot of materials for them to take home. It is a fun, interactive way to get this important information out to the community,” says Simon.
Outside the snack bar, an information table was set up where DCMH Cancer Services provided tokens of appreciation to over 500 athletes. The players wore a pink wristband for awareness and received a pink or white backpack as a way of acknowledging their participation and support of breast cancer awareness.
“We saw over 200 people at our table that day,” says Simon. “Our table provided information on breast health awareness. We also set aside an evening at DCMH so that the women of their organization could come for mammograms, osteoporosis screenings and leg vein screenings.
“We put together this health screening evening at DCMH for mothers, families and friends of DHLL a few weeks after the event,” continues Simon. “The evening was a success. Everyone who registered had attended and appreciated all of our efforts. We had twelve women come in for mammograms; some of whom may have not gotten this important screening without being part of this program.” Several of these ladies received their first mammogram that evening.
“I am proud to represent CKHS and offer this program because I feel that if we reach only one person and have them come for a screening that may not have come without us being there, it is truly worth all of our efforts,” Simon concludes.
Moving into the fall, there are already six events planned that will continue the efforts to get the word out, namely, “The best form of protection is early detection.”
For more information on Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Cancer Services, visit http://www.crozerkeystone.org and click on the ‘Services’ tab.