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COVID doesn't keep survivors from 'Making Strides'
Thanks to all who joined Ascension Via Christi in supporting the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Saturday.
In response to COVID-19, it was a drive-up event, with survivors and their supporters collecting their coffee, bagels and goodie bags through their car window, listening to the program on their car radios as it was being broadcast over 90.5FM and honking their appreciation in lieu of clapping.
David Bryant, MD, and Salman Hasan, MD, who lead the Radiation Oncology team at the Ascension Via Christi Cancer Center and are participating in ACS' Real Men Wear Pink initiative this year, were both on hand to offer encouragement to the group, which included a number of survivors who have benefitted from their skills as well as those of breast surgeon Patty Tenofsky, MD, and her nurse navigator Terri Leschuck, and plastic surgeons Richard DeSplinter, MD, and Mitchell Flurry, MD.
Sarah Vincze, ACS' senior manager of community development, says the event helped raise awareness and critically needed funds to support breast cancer research and local programs and services for breast cancer survivors and their families.
"It was a great event," says Dr. Bryant, who was excited to see so many former patients turn up to advocate for themselves and others. "It is always heartwarming seeing patients back in their lives and doing so well."