Photos by Andrea Freygang
Every year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, but early detection saves lives. To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, each October Broward Health offers MAMMOPALOOZA, a fun, frilly, girl-themed event that provides extended opportunities for mammograms at all Broward Health hospitals.
Broward Health will host the fourth annual MAMMOPALOOZA from Oct. 1-31. Coordinated throughout Broward Health’s hospitals and health centers, mammograms will be offered, the Stiletto Strut exhibit will be on display and numerous events will take place to increase breast health awareness.
Broward Health North held a Mammopalooza KickOff Party and Wild Shoe event on October 8, 2012, to bring recognition to Mammopalooza
MAMMOPALOOZA focuses on the importance of getting timely mammograms and has set a goal of at least 4,200 screenings for the month of October. Mammograms will be offered at an affordable price and most health insurance will be covered.
In addition to screenings, MAMMOPALOOZA will include raffle prizes, food, mini-spa treatments, meeting local TV and radio personalities and much more. And those who have a mammogram during MAMMOPALOOZA will receive a special Vera Bradley gift, while supplies last.
“As a surgical oncologist, I cannot stress enough the importance of being screened for breast cancer. Mammograms are imperative to catching the disease early. To have an event like MAMMO-PALOOZA, which brings awareness to breast cancer and provides an opportunity for women to be tested, is very special for our community,” says Dr. Nicholas Tranakas, Broward Health Medical Center’s medical director for cancer services.
Recognizing the impact breast cancer is having on thousands of people in South Florida, Broward Health hospitals have aggressively pursued not only the best courses of detection and treatment, but also programming that assists patients receive screenings for early detection.
“Early detection and awareness is the cornerstone of MAMMOPALOOZA and the Broward Health mission,” says Frank Nask, President/CEO of Broward Health. “This screening program can prevent more serious illness and even save the lives of our community members.”
MAMMOPALOOZA appointments include a mammography screening and review by North Broward Radiologists. Weekend and evening hours are available, and most insurance is accepted. Self-pay is $115 by cash or credit card. For more information about MAMMOPALOOZA, upcoming special events or to schedule a mammogram, call (954) 759-7500 or visit BrowardHealth.org/mammo.
MAMMOPALOOZA Calendar of Events:
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are invited to get their annual mammograms at Broward Health facilities, which will offer special events, giveaways and a festive experience.
Four local artisans have custom-designed five-foot tall acrylic stiletto shoes that will be on display at Broward Health hospitals through the month of October and the Glam Doll Strut on Oct. 13, weather permitting.
Brighton Collectibles Power for Pink
Brighton Collectibles will hold its annual “Power for Pink” campaign, selling a signature bracelet at its Coconut Creek store in the Promenade. A portion of each bracelet sale will be donated to the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.
MAMMOPALOOZA Dance Party
The Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center at Broward Health Medical Center officially kicks of MAMMOPALOOZA on Oct. 1. Patients, guests and Broward Health employees are invited to join in the fun, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., and will keep going all month long.
Focusing on Breast Cancer & Survival
Join the Greater Fort Lauderdale Women’s Chamber of Commerce at its monthly 8 a.m. women’s council breakfast as Dr. Nicholas Tranakas, medical director of cancer services at Broward Health Medical Center, discusses the latest treatments in breast cancer. $10 members/$15 non-members
Glam-A-THON Lipstick Lounge
The pink carpet will roll out at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Party with the Glam-A-THON girls, while raising money to kiss breast cancer goodbye.
Save the Twinz Literary Café
Join nationally-recognized African-American authors Bonnie Glover, Zane and Almarie Chalmers as they share excerpts from their new releases, soon-to-be released and favorite works. The event will be held at the New Urban League Empowerment Center at 6:30 p.m., and a $10 donation is requested.
Pink Paddy Day
Join your local firefighters for a St. Paddy’s Day celebration that kicks off at 11 a.m. at Markham Park. A $20 donation includes food, drink and event T-shirt. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.
Save the Twinz Benefit Concert
Get your tickets now for an event that features ground-breaking musicians and entertainers at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Proceeds to benefit the Lillian S. Well Women’s Health Center and Seventh Avenue Family Health Center. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
MAMMOPALOOZA Pink Party
Patients, guests and staff are invited to join the dance party from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Broward Health North. Get ready to show off your wildest shoes, while enjoying food, raffles and prizes. There will be wild shoe prize categories for both men and women!
Glam Doll Strut
Strap on your stilettos and join the Broward Health’s High Healers team from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Esplanade Park at the Glam Doll Strut. Make fashionista history while raising money for local breast cancer patients. Proceeds to benefit the Broward Health Foundation.
Lunch and Learn – The Latest Advances in Breast Cancer
Join Dr. Nicholas Tranakas as he discusses the latest treatments available to women with breast cancer issues. Lecture will be held at the Broward County Main Library at noon. Free to the public, and lunch will be served.
Mad Hatter’s Tea
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., join other guests at Broward Health Coral Springs for the Mad Hatter’s Tea. Come wearing any style hat, and be judged on your pink and bejeweled outfit. The event is free and includes refreshments, educational booths, music, raffles, prizes and much more. RSVP
Women’s Health Expo
Broward Health North has partnered with the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce to present a fun girl’s night featuring shopping, networking, exhibits, health presentations, raffles and tasty treats. The event is free and will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Broward Health North’s lobby. RSVP
Festival of the Flutes
Come experience wine tastings, food pairings, silent and live auctions, music, dancing, entertainment, prizes, celebrity guests and more at the Marriot Heron Bay from 7 p.m. to midnight. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.
Mary-Jane’s 13th Annual Breast Cancer Benefit & Dance
It’s the lucky 13! From 8 p.m. until midnight at the Lake Emerald Clubhouse, there will be dancing, entertainment, auctions and more. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center.
Essentials Boutique Fundraiser
Enjoy one-stop shopping, featuring apparel, handbags, jewelry and gifts, where a percentage of sales will be donated to the Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center. Fundraiser will be held in Broward Health Medical Center’s atrium lobby from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
BHIP 40 Years Celebration & Health Fair
Broward Health Imperial Point is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature free health screenings, Halloween-themed kids’ corner, refreshments, giveaways, live entertainment and more.
Coral Springs Firefighters “Pinktober” Spaghetti Dinner
A donation of $5 gets you a homemade firehouse sauce with pasta, salad and beverage. Event is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.
Broward Health Locations:
Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center
Broward Health Medical Center
1600 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Women’s Diagnostic and Wellness Center
Broward Health Coral Springs
3000 Coral Hills Drive
Coral Springs, FL
Broward Health North
201 E. Sample Drive
Deerfield Beach, FL
Broward Health Imperial Point
6401 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Broward Health Weston
2300 N. Commerce Parkway
ABOUT BROWARD HEALTH
Broward Health, providing service for more than 70 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health includes Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit BrowardHealth.org.