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Events, such as meeting with community or healthcare representatives.

Cancer Bell Gets First Ring

Nila Ringing Cancer Bell

BCPC member Nila Florschutz rings the Cancer Bell signaling her last chemo therapy

Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition (BCPC) member Dr. Perica “Nila” Florschutz, retired MD, was the first patient to ring the new “Chemo Bell” at Georgia Health Sciences University’s outpatient Cancer Center. The bell was donated by the BCPC to honor all patients battling all types of cancers. It is similar to one in the inpatient cancer unit.   When a patient completes the last round of chemotherapy, he or she rings the bell and everyone celebrates.

Nila was treated for adenocarcinoma of the colon and had her last chemo in October.  With this behind her, she plans to “Live, Love and Laugh”.

Originally from Dubrovnik, Croatia,  Nila  has lived in the U.S. for 38 years.  She spent most of that  in  the Washington, D.C. area, Minnesota, and Florida, before following her two children and four grandchildren to Augusta, Georgia. Her son received a residency for the M.D./Ph.D. program in Orthopaedic Surgery at Augusta’s Medical College of Georgia (now GHSU) in 2007. Her daughter worked in research and moved to Augusta in 2009.

When asked why she joined the BCPC, Nila explained “I met [BCPC President] Nita Zachow, who introduced me to the organization. I have really enjoyed the socializing and friendships that have come from it. I find the goals of the BCPC amazing and am proud and happy to be a part of it.”

Welcome to the BCPC, Nila, and congratulations on completing your chemo!


Nila with her nurse Angela

Nila with her nurse Angela


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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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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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Sponsors Sought for 2012 Vintage Victors for a Cure Fundraiser

Vintage Victors LogoMount Vintage Plantation, like all communities in the CSRA, has been touched by cancer. Its members want to give back by raising funds for breast cancer research at Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU).

For the past three years, Mount Vintage has sponsored the Vintage Victors for a Cure Golf Tournament and Fund-raising Dinner. With the support of area businesses and individuals, the community has raised more than $41,000 to benefit  the Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition (BCPC).  The BCPC has no overhead, so 100% of the funds raised are donated to breast cancer research.

While participation in the 2012 Vintage Victors for a Cure Golf Tournament is limited to Mount Vintage golfers and residents, other individuals and companies can make financial donations by sponsoring holes on the golf course.  Hole sponsorships include a sign by the tee box as well as recognition in the printed programs and on the BCPC website. The sign can contain a message of support, honor or remember a loved one who has battled cancer, or promote the sponsor’s business. Hole sponsorship levels are $100 for bronze, $200 for silver and $300 or more for gold. Donations for hole sponsorship are tax deductible.

If you would like to help out, mail a completed donation form and a check payable to “MCGF-BCPC” to 168 Fitzsimmons Drive, North Augusta, SC 29860 before September 1, 2012. For additional information, contact MaryBeth at 803.279.1187.

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Opportunity for Avastin Patients to Enroll in Genetic Study

Editors Note:  As a followup on the FDA’s controversial 2011 decision to revoke its approval of Avastin for late-stage breast cancer treatment, we are reprinting this recent update from



April 12, 2012


Dear FAMEDS Supporters,

It’s been many months since we last communicated as all has been quiet on the Avastin front. Due to your good efforts, all Avastin patients with metastatic breast cancer at the time of the FDA’s decision continue to receive Avastin and insurance coverage through private insurance companies and Medicare.

Despite the FDA’s decision last year, Genentech, the manufacturer of Avastin, still appears firmly committed to researching the use of Avastin for metastatic breast cancer and a new study just opened a few weeks ago.

Genentech has partnered with 23andMe, a personal genetics company, on a first of its kind, pilot observational study (InVite) to learn if a person’s genes could play a role in how they respond to Avastin in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. More information about the study, such as eligibility, how to enroll and information about patient privacy are available at:

Eligibility includes being treated with Avastin at any point in 2010 and/or 2011. Genentech hopes to recruit 1,000 people to participate in the study who will be asked to send a saliva (spit) sample for genetic analysis, potentially provide a blood sample, and participate in an online survey to answer questions about their breast cancer and experience with Avastin.

The primary goals of this study are to determine if people are willing to participate in a web-based research model and to determine the effectiveness of gathering information through this method. In addition, Genentech hopes to analyze genetic information from study participants to determine if there are any genetic differences between people who do well on Avastin and those who do not.

This InVite study is not replacing the ongoing search for a biomarker through the Avastin clinical development program. Genentech still plans to initiate MERiDiAN this year, the Phase III trial discussed with the FDA that will evaluate Avastin plus paclitaxel in people with HER2-negative mBC and will also evaluate VEGF-A as a potential predictive biomarker for efficacy with Avastin.

While we have not heard of any problems, if you or someone you know has any questions or concerns about insurance coverage about Avastin, please call Genentech’s Access Solutions Group at (866) 4 ACCESS and the team of specialists may be able to help. If there are any new developments on the Avastin front please be assured that we will keep you informed.

Best regards,

Terry Kalley

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