CKHS Cancer Services Partners with Drexel Hill Raiders for Cancer Awareness
Peg Coleman, treasurer of the Drexel Hill Raiders
Athletic Association, presents Deb Simon, director of
Healthline Services at DCMH, a donation from their
first “Pink in the Park” partnership event held in
October 2012. Pictured from left to right are Kelly
Simon, DCMH Healthline Services; Coleman; Simon;
and Barbara Morley, R.N., coordinator of the Healthy
Woman Project and Susan G. Komen Grant for
Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health System Cancer Services recently partnered with the Drexel Hill Raiders Athletic Association for “Pink in the Park,” an event aimed at raising awareness of breast health and breast cancer.
It was football homecoming weekend at Dermond Field, where the Drexel Hill Raiders hosted local rivals the Clifton Rams. Along with the large crowd in attendance, the Crozer-Keystone Health System Cancer Services team was present as they set up a pink tent, signed women up for mammograms, and handed out programs, gift baskets and more.
“This was a lot better than the breast cancer awareness day we organized last season — where parents made donations and baskets, and raffled them off,” says Peggy Coleman, treasurer of the Drexel Hill Raiders Athletic Association. “It’s really nice that I ran into Deb Simon from Crozer-Keystone so we could create a better fundraiser and health awareness day.”
Pink in the Park is a program offered by CKHS Cancer Services. For the past two years, CKHS staff have partnered with local 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 Delaware County Memorial Hospital. “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.
“In October, I ran into Debbie Simon at the Girls Night Out event at Springfield Country Club and we discussed my local fundraising efforts and ‘Pink in the Park,’” Coleman says. “We discussed allowing the presence of CKHS Cancer Services as well as keeping the donation local.”
At the conclusion of the event, the Drexel Hill Raiders Athletic Association had raised $600 in donations to Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Cancer Services. Coleman is enthused about choosing a local advocate for breast cancer awareness. “That’s what’s really important, because we wanted to do something but we just didn’t want to seem like a number,” she says. “It is such a good feeling to be able to give back to the community that has supported us for years.”
Outside the snack bar, an information table was set up where DCMH Cancer Services provided tokens of appreciation to over 600 athletes. The football players wore pink socks and shoelaces while the cheerleaders wore pink zebra socks, pink hair bows, and pink pom-poms. Parents watched while wearing pink T-shirts that read “Raiders Support the Cause” 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. “We 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 DHRAA a few weeks after the event,” Simon continues. “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 not have 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 Crozer-Keystone and offer this program because I feel that if we reach only one person, and they come in for a screening when they may not have done so otherwise, it is truly worth all of our efforts,” Simon concludes.
Moving into the spring, 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://ckcancer.crozerkeystone.org.