Orange County Supports Community of Breast Cancer Survivors and Patients
Central Florida leaders recently joined the 2018 Downtown Hope Hike event hosted by the Orlando Health UF Cancer Center. Each year, hundreds of pink-clad patients, survivors and family members gather as a reminder of the importance of early breast cancer detection and treatment to support those who have been diagnosed or are currently undergoing treatment.
This year’s event, held on Friday, Oct. 5, marks Orlando Health’s official kick-off to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With much fanfare, first responders from Orange County Fire Rescue Department and Orlando Fire Department unveiled a custom, pink-wrapped rescue ambulance and fire engine. Orlando Police Department also unveiled a wrapped SUV.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined other Central Florida leaders and Orlando Health physicians at the event to speak about the importance of having a strong support system for patients.
“Most of us are all too familiar with the devastating effects of cancer,” Mayor Jacobs said. “The battle against breast cancer cannot be waged alone. We are fortunate that our community is able to partner with experts, like those at Orlando Health UF Cancer Center, to help patients who are in the fight, as well as help keep our community as healthy as possible.“
Mayor Jacobs also presented a proclamation recognizing Oct. 5, 2018, as Breast Cancer Awareness Day in Orange County.
“On behalf of the 1300 men and women of Orange County Fire Rescue Department, thank you. We are so proud to be a part of what has become this traditional display of pink among local first responders,” Orange County Fire Rescue Department Chief Otto Drozd III said. “These units are more than a vehicle or tool. They represent help, hope and comfort that those who call upon them are in good hands.”
It is estimated that one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Through Orange County Government’s Wellness for Life Plan, employees have access to many breast cancer, and other health-related resources, including information sessions, wellness expos and mobile worksite mammogram screenings.