Area softball players are striking out for breast cancer.
The West Muskingum Middle School Tornadoes hosted a breast cancer awareness game against the Philo Electrics on Sunday to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. In addition to planning and organizing the game, the team's head coach also had the girls research and conduct presentations for school so they could learn more about the disease.
"I think it's important for them to experience things like this...
The South Rebels Biddy Club is promoting "Rebels for a Cure" right here in Muskingum county. The football team, cheerleaders, and even fans wore customized pink clothing at their game outside the Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon to support breast cancer awareness.
"They all understand why they're wearing pink, we've talked them and they actually couldn't get their ribbons or the socks fast enough, they were really ready...
For women dealing with the aftermath of a mastectomy or even the more conservative lumpectomy, the physical loss can also be very emotional.
"It's a crisis for them," said Certified Mastectomy Fitter Andrea Retherford. "For most women, they haven't had a lot of time to get settled in to what's really happening to themselves. They have a lot of decisions to make all of a sudden."
Retherford said there are many options to mask the physical loss.
A New Lexington woman, who was diagnosed with cervical and ovarian cancer back in 2000, says she is saddened by the loss of 42-year-old Stefanie Spielman.
Spielman was an advocate for breast cancer and lost her battle with it on Thursday.
"She was an angel, an inspiration to everybody whether it be breast cancer or any kind of cancer. She was very inspirational. She was a wonderful lady, and she will be greatly missed, " says New Lexington resident Lisa Fox.
The US Preventative Services Task Force is recommending new guidelines that is shaking up the breast cancer community. It says women under the age of 50 do not need to get mammograms and women do not need to conduct self-breast exams.
Genesis Radiologist, Dr. Coleene Cooke, says these guidelines are not directed toward women who have a higher risk for breast cancer.
"Perhaps they have a pre-disposition or they have a history, these women are out of this category. They need...
Avon Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung is also recognizing four non-profit groups in our area for their efforts in tackling both breast cancer and domestic violence.
Genesis Healthcare System received 50 thousand dollars for its work with breast cancer. The money will go toward the first nurse navigator that helps navigate medical and financial phases for women going through chemotherapy and other treaments.
Transitions Inc., located in Zanesville, received 20 thousand dollars...