Phoebe Sumter News Release
More than 800 people were on hand for Phoebe Sumter’s 8th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.
“This event is always special, but this year it was even more special because it is the first one since we moved into our new facility and its the first one we have had on our new medical campus,” said Marcus Johnson, Director of Marketing & PR at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center . “This was by far the most people we have ever, probably by 200 or 300, and once again shows the passion and commitment that the citizens of Americus, Sumter County and Southwest Georgia has in the fight against breast cancer. You saw people from all different races, ages, creeds and from every spectrum of our society, which is good because we know that cancer does not discriminate and can affect anyone at anytime. I know I speak for everyone at Phoebe Sumter when I say we can't be more pleased with today's turnout."
This year’s theme was “Making Strides in the Fight Against Cancer”, and walkers wore their brown and pink shirts as they walked around the perimeter of the new Phoebe Sumter Medical Campus. Breast cancer survivors were recognized and participated in the annual Survivor Victory Walk, and the large crowd warmed up with Zumba which was led by Krystle Hannibal.
In the 9th edition of the walk, Johnson said that the goal is still the same in regards to the walk and what it was created for.
“As always, our goal for the walk was to raise awareness for breast cancer and hopefully prompt people into action in regards to self-breast examinations, mammograms or just supporting a friend or loved one who has been diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Johnson.
“We want to continue to urge all women over 35 and those with family history of breast cancer to sign up for a mammogram, and if you are not in the risk category to continue to do self-breast examinations. Prevention is the best defense against breast cancer, and these are the best ways to do just that.”
Johnson stated that the hospital wanted to thank of all of their volunteers, sponsors, law enforcement officials, school groups and everyone who came out for the walk. “It takes hundreds of individuals and many organizations to make these events happen, and on behalf of Phoebe Sumter Medical Center’s administration and staff, I want to thank everyone for their continued support. We look forward to the day we don't have to do these walks, but until that happens we will continue to fight for more birthdays for our family and friends."