All Hands on Deck to Support Breast Cancer Awareness at Good Samaritan Health Center

The month of October is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month and this year, employees at Good Samaritan Health Center are showing their support in many different ways, but one new sign of support has “all hands on deck.”

Staff members in some departments at Good Samaritan this month are using the new “Generation Pink” latex-free gloves during the month of October to show their support for this important cause. In addition, the supplier of the gloves Medline is donating one-dollar for every case purchased to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

According to the American Cancer Society more than 211,000 American women learn they have breast cancer each year.

“Many of our staff, patients and visitors are somehow touched by someone who is battling breast cancer,” Mike Raflik, nutrition services manager at Good Samaritan Health Center.“We think this is unique way to not only show our support in Merrill, but join this national breast cancer awareness campaign.”

In addition to wearing the pink gloves, employees took part in the Lee National Denim project which has raised $75 million for breast cancer research by simply asking the nation to put on their jeans for a $5 donation to the Women's Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).

In addition Good Samaritan has been a long time supporter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for life in Merrill. With monthly bake sales and other events, hospital staff helped the 2009 Relay for Life in Merrill raise more than $90,000. For their efforts, the Good Samaritan team was named most improved.

“These are just a few examples of our employees once again going above and beyond to support patients, their families and our community,” said Michael Hammer, president, Good Samaritan Health Center.

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