'Komen on the Go' community education vehicle to visit campus Oct. 23 with breast cancer awareness and prevention message

October 18, 2007

DEARBORN / Oct. 18, 2007---The breast cancer awareness and prevention message will roll onto the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the form of a large pink vehicle called “Komen on the Go” that will be parked behind the University Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“‘Komen on the Go’ is a mobile community education and outreach trailer that is part of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s efforts to engage all generations in the fight against breast cancer,” according to Monica Porter, director of the Women’s Resource Center at UM-Dearborn. “This interactive campaign is designed to raise awareness for early detection and support in finding a cure for breast cancer.”

The pink trailer is one of two vehicles traveling around the country visiting more than 144 U.S. communities. The trailer converts into an interactive learning environment complete with computer stations, breast cancer educational materials, breast self-examination guides, information on how to volunteer locally, registration cards for local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events and tips on how to be effective and supportive for loved ones facing breast cancer.

There also will be giveaways for participation, a prize drawing for completing a survey, blood pressure and glucose screenings by Oakwood Healthcare System and $15 flu shots by the Dearborn Health Department.

The Women’s Resource Center at UM-Dearborn and the Commission for Women at UM-Dearborn, in conjunction with Henry Ford Community College, are co-sponsors of the event.

More than 5,900 women in Michigan will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and more than 1,300 women in the state will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Wayne County is one of the leading communities in the nation with an alarmingly high breast cancer mortality rate — the 25th highest in the country.

For more information, visit http://www.karmanos.org/detroitraceforthecure or http://www.myspace.com/detroitraceforthecure.




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PHONE: 313-593-5644
The Office of University Relations
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University of Michigan-Dearborn