Taking STEPS

BLOOMINGTON — The seventh annual Taking STEPS (Screening, Treatment & Education Program) Together Saves Lives event will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 24 at the DoubleTree Hotel & Conference Center, Veterans Parkway and Brickyard Drive, Bloomington.

The day is designed to educate African-American women about breast health and will include a class on breast self exams and information about nutrition, spiritual aspects of healing and exercise.

Visit www.centralillinoislinksinc.org to register and to get information on scheduling mammograms that will take place Oct. 12-31 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center.

Breakfast, lunch and child care will be provided. The event is free and sponsored by the Central Illinois Chapter, The Links, Inc., in partnership with Susan G. Komen For the Cure Memorial Affiliate.


LINCOLN — Mammogram are being offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 19 and 26 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, 200 Stahlhut Drive, Lincoln.

The Mammograms Mondays program is intended for woman age 40 and older who are uninsured or under-insured. To schedule a free mammogram, call 217-605-5108.

The programs is sponsored by the Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois with funding provided by Susan G. Komen For the Cure Memorial Affiliate.

Komen grants

DALLAS — Susan G. Komen has announced grants to 124 researchers in 25 states and eight countries.

The grants include $707,500 in funding for research at three Illinois institutions: Northwestern University, Society of Surgical Oncology and the University of Chicago.

The $36 million in grants cover prevention to treatments for aggressive and metastatic disease. They include funding to improve understanding of metastatic breast cancer, investigating how tumors develop drug resistance, studying triple negative breast cancer, working to understand biological and socio-economic health inequities and seeking to develop new and novel therapies.

Komen's research program is funded in part by contributions from Komen affiliates,  including the Memorial Affiliate in Central Illinois, that directs 25 percent of money raised to go to research and 75 percent for local programs.

Beating cancer

Nothing is scarier than facing the possibility of your own mortality but nothing can be more motivating, said Sherrie Campbell, a Los Angeles psychologist.

Campbell advises that women dealing with breast cancer:

  • Stay positive. Interrupt fear with faith, prayer and positivity. Cry, then let it pass. Let go of negative relationships and surround yourself with positive ones.
  • Get spiritual. Stay connected to that force that has no desire to give up.
  • Exercise. Get out and move daily to strengthen your body, energize your mood, be around other people and to remind yourself that you're still alive.
  • Get pretty. Get a gorgeous wig, put on makeup and false lashes, use eyeliner and find your glow.
  • Love yourself. Listen to yourself. If you need a day to rest, an hour to cry, a minute to fear or a week to be alone, do it. Put yourself first.

Health Reporter

Health reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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