WMC kicks off October in pink

WEIRTON – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Weirton Medical Center helped to kick it off Thursday with an event full of information and fun.

The inaugural Breast Fest event was held in the hospital’s atrium Thursday, providing informational resources on breast cancer, diagnosis methods and treatment options, as well as other activities.

“It is the first time we’ve held an event like this at Weirton Medical Center,” the hospital’s Director of Communications Kelli McCoy said, noting the event was proposed by Dr. Carol Slomski, the hospital’s breast surgeon.

Proceeds will be split between the Weirton Medical Center Foundation and local organization Athena’s Closet, formed by a group of Weirton residents to honor their friend, Athena Ameredes, who died following a battle with cancer.

One of the highlights of the event was the bra decorating contest, with 30 entries up for vote by those in attendance.

The bras, decorated by area businesses and several departments at the hospital, included a variety of themes ranging from a beaded Mardi Gras look, to sports, to a more patriotic look. Many expressed messages of hope and raising awareness of breast cancer.

“The response to this event has been overwhelming,” Slomski said, explaining she has been a part of similar events in other communities and has never seen such a large response.

In addition to the contest, the Breast Fest included a “Myths versus Facts” informational panel, with several doctors on hand to discuss the facts of breast care and disease, advances in the treatment fields and dispel some of the myths surrounding breast cancer.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)