Martin Pear Jewish Community Center recently announced a month-long schedule of programming in support of breast cancer awareness. It is promoting a variety of activities designed to promote unity safely while also providing information meant to reduce risk and advance early detection and treatment.

The programming began Thursday, Oct. 15, with Abrazo Health hosting a Pretty in Pink Happy Hour for National Mammography Day at MPJCC. Linda Greer and Lise Walker, doctors at Abrazo Health, discussed breast imaging and the risks and genetic factors that contribute to breast cancer.

“Women should be proactive about knowing their breast density and risk assessment value, and no matter their schedule, make time to get screened,” stated Greer in the announcement. “If you think you may be at risk, please talk to your doctor about recommendations for screenings and how often you should get them.”

Abrazo Health partnered with JFQ Lending and the Minkoff Center for Jewish Genetics.

On Sunday, Oct. 18 at 11:30am, Teri Friedland, the creator of PINK RIBBON 360, an individualized breast cancer rehabilitation program, will be at the MPJCC for a holistic fitness class. To register, go to: http://vosjcc.org/pinkribbon360

The conclusion of programming will be Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7:00 p.m. at the fundraising event Bingo for Breast Cancer. Ten percent of proceeds will go to the Gilda Radner-inspired organization, Cancer Support Community in Arizona. Actress, comedian and two-time cancer survivor Aniela McGuinness will Zoom in to discuss her experience of being a survivor. This program is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and PINK RIBBON 360. To register go to: http://vosjcc.org/bingoforbreastcancer.

“The Martin Pear JCC is extremely proud to partner with amazing organizations such as Abrazo Health in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” stated Lynette Stein, director of corporate and community relations for MPJCC. “Our mission is to build connections that enrich physical, mental and spiritual growth. It is our hope that through this programming, our community is able to come together to learn as well as celebrate and honor friends and family.” JN

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