10BreastcancerBreast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women. About one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, which is why it is important to perform a monthly breast self-exam and set up an appointment for an annual 3D mammogram. It’s also important to get educated about breast health. The Fayetteville Area Breast Network presents its third annual Breast Cancer Education Forum, “Journey from Diagnosis through Treatment,” Thursday, April 12, from 5-8 p.m. at Cape Fear Botanical Garden.

“The purpose of this forum is to educate those in the community about breast cancer,” said Tyler Sutherland, community engagement coordinator at Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation. “There will be vignettes and a video that will feature breast cancer survivors and providers from the very beginning of diagnosis through the psychological aspects through treatment.

“CFVHF is where funds are held to provide mammograms to uninsured women and breast education bags to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.”

The event will feature a fashion runway show, shopping, trunk shows and raffle drawings. The fashion show will showcase breast cancer survivors and community members. The vendors include Betty Kelly’s Gift Shop, Pure Barre of Fayetteville, Knickers, Monkees of Fayetteville, Pink of the Pines, Dash of Chic, Perrique Boutique, Top of the Hill Gift Shop and Monogramming, and An Affair to Remember. Trunk shows are by Stella and Dot, Younique Contractor, Beauty Counter Beauty Products and Rodan and Fields.

Beauty and wellness vendors include The Clip Joint, Susan Lester Massage and Guiding Wellness. There will be a silent auction featuring art from Kathy Hoffarth Pantele, Stephanie Bostock, Deborah Reavis and Shari Link. Cape Fear Valley Cancer Center, Valley Regional Imaging, Valley Radiology, and Advanced Physical Therapy will provide breast cancer education.

Fayetteville Area Breast Network was created three years ago by Dr. Bruce Distell of Valley Radiology and his wife, Sally Distell. Dr. Elizabeth Sawyer of CFVH is a breast surgeon and the driving force of the forum. “They are ready to put Fayetteville on the map as being one of the prominent breast care centers,” said Sutherland. “It is incredible to see the amount of work as well as knowledge that is based right here at home to locally support breast cancer patients.”

Sutherland added that as part of the hospital there are three cancer centers.

CFVH’s annual Ribbon Walk and Run will take place Saturday, April 21, at Festival Park.

For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.bestforyourbreast3.event brite.com.

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