The steady beat of music and aerobics instruction can be heard outside a conference room at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital each week. A group of dedicated staff members meets there regularly to exercise and to help each other on their path to a healthier lifestyle. But on Wednesday, October 15, they were stepping for an even greater cause.
The Cypress Fairbanks Step Aerobics class was “stepping” up to the challenge to fight breast cancer by participating in a 150 minute step aerobics class. Participants obtained pledges for donations per minute of aerobics completed, and all donations will benefit the 2008 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®.
“We are proud to be able to support such an important cause for our patients,” explains Beth Blythe, Women’s Imaging Center Manager at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “Breast cancer touches the lives of so many families in our community and across the world. This is just one way we can help in the fight against breast cancer.”
“Thanks to the pledges and support of others, we will not only exercise for our own health but for the health of others,” adds Colleen Hutson, Director of Medical Staff Services at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and the leader of the aerobics class.
According to the American Cancer Society, over 182,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the U.S. this year, and more than 40,000 women will die from the disease. It is the goal of the Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center to help women discover breast cancer sooner as earlier detection means better survival rates. For women who are diagnosed early with breast cancer, the five year survival rate is 88 percent according to the American Cancer Society.
Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center is dedicated to educating the community on breast health. Whether it is during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October or any month of the year, the center encourages women to take the one picture that could save her life – a mammogram. To schedule a mammogram, call 281-897-3121. For more information, visit www.CypressFairbanksWomensImaging.com.