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Health

Morris Hospital: Breast Cancer Awareness event

Morris Hospital mammography technologists Dawn Johnson (from left), Sarah Brooks and Melissa Craig raise awareness for breast cancer early detection at a previous Hip Hop for Hope event.
Morris Hospital mammography technologists Dawn Johnson (from left), Sarah Brooks and Melissa Craig raise awareness for breast cancer early detection at a previous Hip Hop for Hope event.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Morris Hospital is hosting a free community event, Hip Hop for Hope,.

Hip Hop for Hope will take place 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the gym at the former Shabbona School located at 725 School Street, Morris.

Attendees should enter through door number 18 on the south side of the building.

This special ladies night out event will feature a hip hop exercise class, breast cancer awareness education, refreshments, door prizes and giveaways.

Free T-shirts are guaranteed to participants who register by October 10. The gym will be decorated with black lights, disco balls and pink ribbon décor.

Women of all ages are welcome to attend. Participants are encouraged to wear pink to show support for breast cancer awareness.

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 woman in the United States will develop breast cancer.

On its website, ACS says getting regular screening test is the most reliable way to find breast cancer early, when it’s easier to treat successfully.

“Our event is really about raising awareness for breast cancer early detection by bringing women together with their friends in a fun and positive setting,” Terri Jacob, registered nurse and breast health navigator at Morris Hospital, said in a news release.

“Every day through my role as a breast health navigator I have the opportunity to see that breast cancer early detection really does make a difference. Our goal through Hip Hop is to empower women to take care of themselves.”

Reservations can be made by going to morrishospital.org/events.

For more information, call Morris Hospital at 815-705-7685.

More events at Morris Hospital

• Low Intensity Functional Training (LIFT) class – 9 to 9:30 a.m., every Tuesday and Thursday, The Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital, 1600 W. U.S. Route 6, Morris. Taught by Morris Hospital wellness staff.

For people undergoing – or who have completed – cancer treatment. Classes including stretching movements using elastic bands or light weights that attendees can perform while standing or sitting in a chair, the release said. To register, call 815-705-7370.

• I Can Cope – 1 to 3 p.m., Nov. 14, Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital, 1600 W. US Route 6., Morris.

Free support group for people facing cancer and their families and friends. This month’s topic focuses on “Taking Charge of Money Matters." For information, call 815-364-8915 or visit morrishospital.org.

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