Chicago fights against breast cancer

May 11, 2008 3:25:12 PM PDT
Several organizations spent Mothers' Day raising awareness in the fight against breast cancer.ABC7 Chicago's Roz Varon attened services at St. Pius on South Ashland, one of several churches in the city holding events aimed at breast cancer awareness for Hispanic and African-American communities.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich joined leaders of the Susan G. Komen foundation near Wrigley Field Sunday as they recruited Cubs players, who used pink bats during their baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks to remind women of the importance of breast cancer screenings.

"We know for a fact that early detection saves lives," Governor Blagohevich said.

"I guarantee you that if I hadn't gotten my mammogram eight years ago, I would not be standing in front of you today," breast cancer survivor Debbie Williams said.

Despite the rain Sunday, the 'Y-ME Race to Empower' went on as planned Sunday. That event raises money for cancer support services.

To celebrate the organization's 30th anniversary, its name has been changed to 'The Breast Cancer Network of Strength.'

For more information on the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, visit http://cancerscreening.illinois.gov/ or call 1-888-522- 1282.

Y-ME can be found online at http://www.y-me.org/.


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