Category Archives: Breast Cancer Awareness

9-5-2-1-0 Simple Choices for Better Health Video Distributed to CSRA Schools

More than thirty thousand students have seen the Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition’s 2012 educational video about healthy lifestyle choices to prevent breast cancer.   The BCPC is continuing its annual educational program with Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) schools in 2014 with a new video.  This year’s theme is healthy lifestyle choices to prevent many different diseases, including heart disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes.  This video is appropriate for any time of the year and especially for October which is Breast Cancer Awareness month and February, which is both Cancer Prevention Awareness month and American Heart month.

The video was distributed to 25 CSRA middle and high schools along with a student handout and a slideshow presentation to facilitate discussion.  Schools are encouraged to show the video to all students during homeroom or health classes. The video’s five healthy lifestyle choices are encapsulated in the title “9-5-2-1-0:  Simple Choices for Better Health.”


9    hours of sleep
5+  servings of fruits and vegetables
2    hours or less in front of a screen
1    hour of exercise
0    sugared drinks and snacks

The video is narrated by Dr. Robert Pendergrast.  He sees many teenagers in his medical practice and he consults with the GRU Cancer Center in Augusta about lifestyle choices to help patients fight cancer and prevent recurrence.


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BCPC Donates Funds For Livestrong at the YMCA

The BCPC has donated funds to begin research on the impact that moderate physical activity, supportive relationships and stress reduction techniques have on quality of life for breast cancer survivors.  The research includes whether recurrence rates can be reduced through lifestyle changes five to ten years after the program  The BCPC funds will be used to offer a program called LIVESTRONG at the YMCA in the Georgia Regents University (GRU) Wellness Center.  This is a twelve-week, small group physical fitness program designed for adult cancer survivors.

In the past, breast cancer survivors have usually been told “see you in six months or a year”. It has been up to each individual to  decide if there is anything she or he can do to help prevent a recurrence.  LIVESTRONG at the YMCA  offers support to cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life.

“In my case, I googled ways to build my immune system and read about the importance of adding daily exercise to my schedule. I also made changes to my diet to add more nutritional foods. Praise God, I am 13 years cancer free! I am sad to say that many survivors don’t have the time or figure they have no means to improve their health. They just wait for the next visit to their Oncologist.”  Nita Zachow, BCPC President

Now, cancer survivors can be proactive regarding their health by participating in LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.  Doctors at GRU are supporting physical activity with qualified instructors. The program includes a pre- and post-test of aerobic endurance, muscle strength, balance and flexibility. Thus far, the average participant has seen up to 50 percent improvement!

The BCPC-funded program is targeted at breast cancer survivors.  It is free and includes a three month complimentary membership to the Family Y. Participation is by self-referral with physician permission.

We need partipcants!

If you are a breast cancer survivor, please consider joining LIVESTRONG at the YMCA offered at GRU.  Classes begin March 5th.   Contact Janet Thornburg at 803-349-8101, to enroll or ask questions.

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Mount Vintage Victors Raise $19,000 for Breast Cancer Research

Pink Golf ShoeThe results are in!  The Fourth Annual Vintage Victors for a Cure Golf Tournament and Fundraising Dinner raised over $19,000 for the Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition (BCPC).  The amount exceeded last year’s by more than $2,000 and brings the overall total raised by the tournament to $60,000. The BCPC would like to thank the golfers and local business sponsors for their generosity and support.

All contributions (%100) will be donated to Georgia Health Sciences University for breast cancer research.

The BCPC would also like to extend a special thanks to the wonderful women responsible for this tremendous achievement.  The tournament committee, led by Diane Benarick, continues to come up with innovative ways to increase the fun-factor and success of raising funds for breast cancer research.  Just ask any of the participants about the joy of being part of the event!

Picture of 2012 Vintage Victors Tournament Committee

Committee Members: Susan Gorringe, Mary Beth Smith, Pat Roberts, JoAnne Maggio, Barb Wetherell, Diane Benarick (Chairman), Susie Hodgen, Melinda Anderson, Theresa Bone, Sydia Anderson, Alma Falcone; Not pictured: Marcella Gleie, Nita Zachow

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Head to Mimi’s for the Pink Out Send-Off Party on October 25 at Noon

The Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition (BCPC) would like to thank Mimi’s Boutique & Intimates for donating a portion of bra sales during the month of October to the BCPC for cancer research.  On Thursday, October 25, Mimi’s will have a send-off for all balloons purchased in memory or honor of someone who has had breast cancer.  Those proceeds will also be donated to the BCPC, so head to Mimi’s for the send-off!  Their store is beautiful and well stocked!

Flyer announcing Mimi's Pink-Out Send-off

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Check ’em Out!

It’s October and, by now, everyone knows this is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  The Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition (BCPC) reminds everyone that Breast Self Exam (BSE) is an important factor in early detection.

Make sure you check yours out every month!

For more info, see the articles Most Women Find Their Own Breast Cancers and Reducing your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer.

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Participate in October 11th Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Seminar

BCPC and GHSU Breast Cancer Support group members are invited to hear Cathy Furbish, Director of Physical Therapy from MyTurningPoint, as she speaks about breast cancer rehabilitation to the GHSU Physical Therapy students  on Thursday, October 11, 2012.  MyTurningPoint is a non-profit organization started  in 2003 to help address the unmet needs of breast cancer survivors. Their  website is

This will be a great opportunity for students to have contact with real survivors, rather than just hearing or reading about them. BCPC and Breast Cancer Support group members are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions at no charge.

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
Thursday, Oct0ber 11, 2012
GHSU College of Allied Health Sciences (Room EC 1222)
(next door to the Cancer Center)
Parking is available in the Cancer Center parking  deck

9-12  a.m.

  • Brief  overview of cancer types and staging, medical treatment and  reconstruction.
  • Discussion  of common issues / impairments (including lymphedema)
  • Discuss  evaluation/outcomes measures

12 – 1

  • Lunch Break*  (Visit the Cancer Center where the GHSU Breast  Cancer Support Group will be having their annual purse fund raising event.)

1 – 3  p.m.

  • Discuss PT  treatment/exercise, and rehabilitation
  • Demonstration  of manual lymph drainage, compression wrapping / view and handle compression  garments
  • Case study/treatment planning

These sessions are free to BCPC and Breast Cancer Support group members and require no reservations.

* Options for purchasing lunch include a small selection of sandwiches and salads in the Cancer Center lobby or an extensive menu at the Terrace Dining room on the second floor of the Medical Center.

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Mark your Calendars: October 6, 2012

Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) women and men have a unique opportunity to participate in two free Breast Cancer Prevention campaigns on October 6, 2012.  Plan to attend and bring a friend to enjoy both.

Hear Dr. Robert Pendergrast

“Breast Cancer:  Reduce Your Risk
with Foods You Love”

Saturday, October 6, 2012
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
New Life Natural Foods Conference Room
2825 Washington Rd., Augusta, GA
(Fairway Shopping Center)

This event is free and open to the public.

Did you know that certain foods help reduce your risk of breast cancer?  You will be surprised at how many of your favorites are also cancer busters.  Learn more from an expert as Robert Pendergrast, MD,  speaks at the CSRA Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition’s (BCPC’s)  fall meeting. Lunch and a short business meeting begin at 11:00.  Dr. Pendergrast’s presentation will start at noon.

Please RSVP to Nita Zachow (803) 279-6019 or Karen Eckert (803) 279-8031 by October 1.  You may purchase food at New Life Natural Foods to enjoy during the lecture. To pre-order a lunch, call DiChickO’s at (706) 737-8805 by October 5.  You will find the menu online.  Only food purchased at New Life Natural Foods may be brought into the conference room.

You can contact Dr. Pendergrast and find more wellness strategies at

After Lunch, head to the Pink-out Party at

Mimi’s boutique & Intimates

Mimi’s Boutique & Intimates is sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the BCPC.  The Kick-Off Party starts at 1:00 at their Washington Road location.  Please stop by after hearing Dr. Pendergrast.  The party will include free bra fittings and massage therapist Susan Dykes. Susan’s services can be very helpful to women going through chemotherapy.

Mimi’s boutique & Intimates

Mimi’s has two area locations:

2701 Washington Rd, Suite 18 • National Hills
(by Fresh Market)
Augusta, GA 30909 • PH: 706-733-5547
Hours: M,T,W,F, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Thurs. 10:00-8:00 pm,
Sat. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sunday closed

601 North Belair Square, Ste. One • Evans Town Center Blvd.
Evans, GA 30809 • PH: 706-210-2882
Hours: M-F, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sat. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sunday closed

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