Middlesboro ARH Hospital Partners with the Middlesboro Mall

11/1/2014

With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Middlesboro ARH Hospital partnered with the Middlesboro Mall for their first community-wide awareness campaign complete with breast health and screening education and fun-filled painting activities for the whole family. 

  The Middlesboro ARH Team offered educational sessions and information about the importance of breast exams. Front row from left to right: Stephanie Damron, Shawnessy Horton, Melissa Ramsey, Elaine Smith, Kathy Miracle, Claudia Jarvis, Melanie Harris and Michael Slusher. Back row from left to right: Dr. Joseph Slusher, Michelle Blakemore and Joe Horton. 

The Tri-State community came together to Paint the Mall PINK! “We literally painted a section of the mall pink at our breast cancer awareness kick-off,” said Elaine Smith Paint the Mall PINK Committee member and Community Advocate at Middlesboro ARH Hospital.  “For a $5 donation, you were given a balloon filled with water and pink paint to throw against a black wall. As you can see, the wall has shades of pink paint creating a unique abstract design, and it will remain this way throughout the month of October to raise awareness.”

  Paint the Mall PINK Committee members (from left to right) are Michael Slusher, Middlesboro ARH Community CEO, Charles Burchfield, Middlesboro Mall General Manager, Lindsay Durham, Middlesboro Mall Administrative Assistant, Elaine Smith, Middlesboro ARH Community Advocate, Carolyn Widner, Middlesboro Mall Office Manager, Sheila Durham, Middlesboro Mall Marketing Director and Teresa Cox Mink, Air Evac Lifeteam Program Director. They are standing in front of the uniquely pink splattered wall created by all those who donated money to Susan G. Komen during the breast cancer awareness campaign kick-off. 

Breast cancer survivors Karen Collett, Joyce Rucker and Claudia Jarvis shared their stories about their fight against the disease and encouraged women to have regular mammograms and clinical breast exams.Click here to read their stories


According to Smith, $1,329 was raised at the kick-off and donations are still coming in daily. The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign continues through October. Paint the Mall PINK t-shirts still can be purchased ($12 each) at either the Middlesboro Mall or Middlesboro ARH Hospital. All donations go to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research and education. Paint the Mall PINK was sponsored by Middlesboro ARH Hospital, Middlesboro Mall and Air Evac Lifeteam.

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