Bringing the Fight to Breast Cancer

LINKS: The Oklahoma Proton Center, Project31, Real Men Wear Pink OKC Campaign, American Cancer Society

This weekend was event filled as we helped to raise money and awareness in the fight against #breastcancer. The Oklahoma Proton Center was a lead sponsor of both the Project31 Annual Gala (way to go Sarah and Scott and the American Cancer Society Making Strides OKC Campaigns. I’m very proud of the work we are doing at the Oklahoma Proton Center in raising awareness and contributing to the community as we fight for better outcomes for cancer patients.

Project 31 Annual Gala

The weekend started on Friday with a beautiful event hosted by Project31 at the Bricktown Event Center in Oklahoma City. Joan Lunden was the guest speaker and she gave a great talk on the importance of being the “CEO of your own Healthcare”. As a breast cancer survivor, she has done wonderful work in promoting screening and access and working on legislative processes to help inform women of whether they have dense breast tissue which can make the sensitivity of the mammogram significantly less for those women.

Making Strides OKC Walk

The following morning was the Making Strides OKC walk at Wheeler Park in downtown Oklahoma City. We had great weather and a great turnout. I had the opportunity to be the physician spokesperson for the event and was able to highlight the importance of screening and share ways that Dr. Chang and myself are actively using proton therapy to work towards improving outcomes for breast cancer patients by reducing heart dose, limiting radiation to normal structures and working towards shorter and quicker overall treatment times.

I was also able to proudly announce that the Real Men Wear Campaign – myself and 24 other men in the city of Oklahoma have raised, to date, in excess of $42,000 in the fight against breast cancer!! It is an honor to help represent the American Cancer Society (great work Lisa Foster and Alicia Jackson – fearless leaders), the Making Strides OKC Walk, and the Real Men Wear Pink OKC Campaign. Special thanks to KOCO News and Markie Martin and Maggie Carlo for hosting another great breast cancer event.