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Breast Health Resource Guide released

The Breast Cancer Task Force of the Greater Miami Valley has published its updated Breast Health Resource Guide for Greater Dayton.

The Breast Health Resource Guide is full of helpful information regarding breast exams, risk factors, signs and symptoms, mammograms, and so forth.  It also lists and gives contact information for resources for local breast health centers, support groups, and financial assistance.

The Breast Cancer Task Force of the Greater Miami Valley, the publisher of this booklet, is a non-profit organization of health agencies and individuals dedicated to improve breast health in the Greater Dayton area. It is a unique organization in that it is truly “bi-partisan” as it has members from all local organizations that typically “compete” for patients (such as hospitals).  The mission of the Breast Cancer Task Force is to work together to empower the community through education, support, and advocacy regarding prevention, early detection, and treatment of breast cancer.   To learn more about the Breast Cancer Task Force, go to

The Breast Health Resource Guide for Greater Dayton is free and available to all. You may pick up a copy at the Oakwood Register office or by calling 937-227-9444.

PCH offers mammogram screenings

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  One out of every eight women in the USA will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, but by getting an annual mammogram, women are able to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage.
Premier Community Health offers free mammograms to eligible women in a nine county area.  

Women age 40 and over with no personal history of breast cancer who meet income guidelines and lack medical insurance to cover the cost may be eligible for a free mammogram. Please call Premier Community Health at 937-227-9444 or 1-866-838-8973 to see if you are eligible.

A mammogram is a breast screening that is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread.
“When detected at an early stage, the prognosis for five year survival is 98 percent versus late stage at 26 percent,” said Pamela M. Reichel, executive director, Premier Community Health.

Red Dress Gala to benefit heart disease research

“Couture” gets slapped on anything from tank tops to tiaras. Skirts are bubbles, funnels or tulips, and dress cuts range from A-line to zigzag. Almost anyone who attends the chic and sophisticated Red Dress Gala will tell you that! The hosts of the evening and event planning chairs, Cindy Arneson, Patti Phillips and Cathie Trimborn will also tell you that on Nov. 1, 2008 at the Sinclair Community College Ponitz Center, heart disease awareness is couture and wearing the vivid color of red is the new black. As leaders in our community Arneson, Phillips and Trimborn have a goal. Through this year’s Red Dress Gala, they are giving women the same personal and urgent wakeup call as they had about their own risk of heart disease.

Cindy Arneson- Arneson became involved with the event at its inception. “Heart disease runs in my family. My grandmother died of heart disease and my father passed away due to complications from a massive stroke. This event is the only one like it in the Dayton region and I felt that because I live here, being involved was something I really needed to do to give back to my community. My experience has included many personal rewards as well as making new and wonderful friends that support the same cause as I do.”

Patti Phillips- Phillips had open heart surgery at the age of 16 for transposition of the main arteries and murmur. “Being a heart patient myself, I could not think of anything more worthwhile for me to participate in than Red Dress. Heart disease awareness is important because there are so many people out there who do not know how to live a healthy lifestyle. Many people also take the easy availability of their own healthcare for granted. Not everyone can walk into a doctor’s office and show their insurance card and be seen. Wellness Connection helps those people too!”

Cathie Trimborn- This will be her 5th year as Modeling Chair. “My father died of congestive heart failure at the age of 69. He suffered for 18 years. There are three girls in our family and we were advised to be very aware of the disease as we got older. We had no idea what the warning signs would be. Being involved in this event has helped me to learn what they are so that I can help my sisters and others. I will continue as Model Chair until I am asked to resign. When they are taking me to the nursing home!”

The Red Dress Gala is a partner of The Heart Truth, the national awareness campaign for women’s heart health, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.  This event builds awareness that one in three women dies from heart disease…it’s the #1 killer of women regardless of age, race or ethnicity.  The Heart Truth pairs this message with an arresting visual that captures women’s attention - a Red Dress.

KMC to host cooking demonstration Nov. 10

The Dayton ‘Wright Hearts’ chapter of Mended Hearts announced today a teaming relationship with the Kettering Medical Center’s Cardiac Wellness and Rehabilitation for a ‘Healthy Heart’ Educational Forum.  The forum is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Kettering Medical Center, Cardiac Rehab Outpatient Gym.

The subject will be ‘Healthy Hearts Cooking Demonstration, featuring Holiday Side Items’ presented and demonstrated by Jennifer Dalton, MS, RD, LD, Registered Dietitian, of Kettering Community Wellness.  A discussion session will follow the presentation.  The general public and especially heart event patients, are invited to participate in this informative educational forum.   Registration is required for this event; please call KMC Community Wellness at 384.4857. Register soon – only 30 reservations will be accepted.

Patients, their families, caregivers or others interested in the Mended Hearts program may call Barbara Forman or Ron Chalecki at 937.853.3105 or visit the web site at

Relay For Life Chili Cook-Off deadline Nov. 1

Do you make Oakwood’s best chili? Now is your chance to be crowned the best chili king or queen in Oakwood during a fun-filled family event. The first Relay
For Life Chili Cook-Off contest to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held Saturday, Nov. 8 from 1-4 p.m. at the Oakwood Community Center. The public is encouraged to enter their favorite chili recipe. The first twenty applicants will be accepted into the contest.

All Relay For Life teams are encouraged to enter, as the money collected from the chili cook-off will be given to teams to help reach fundraising goals. Bring the family! There will be lots of fun and entertainment for the kids.

New Relay For Life team members are encouraged to attend to learn more about, and register for, the Relay to be held on July 10 and 11.

To enter the contest, go to The $10 entrance fee will be applied to an existing Relay For Life team or can be designated for any other team. Please bring six quarts of chili in a crockpot on the day of the event, and a heavy-duty extension cord. The registration deadline is Nov. 1.

Several awards will be given: The People’s Choice Award, Oakwood’s Relay For Life Best Chili, and Best Presentation (decorating your space.)

The public will be invited to give donations for their favorite chili. The team with the highest amount of donations will win the coveted “People’s Choice Award,” and the donations will be applied to that Relay For Life’s team total.

Other prizes will be given for Oakwood Relay’s Best Chili and Best Presentation.
A panel of celebrity judges will be on board from the Dayton Daily News, Dorothy Lane Market, and the City of Oakwood. Hot dogs will also be served.



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