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Pink Ribbon Day events set for Oct. 26

RELEASED: Oct. 14, 2009

Pink Ribbon Day logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will offer two informational sessions about cancer later this month in recognition of Pink Ribbon Day.

Georgia Smith, director of Cancer Care Services at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, will lead the two presentations Oct. 26.

The first presentation, "Breast Cancer Awareness: The Story Behind the Pink Ribbon and Balloons," will begin at noon in the Eagle Room of Davies Center. Smith will address a variety of issues related to breast cancer awareness, including preventive lifestyle choices, early detection, and strategies for supporting loved ones with cancer.

The second presentation, "Cancer? Isn't that for Old People? A Cancer Primer for College Students," will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Davies Center. Smith will discuss skin, cervical and testicular cancer and their relevance to college students. Her presentation will include information about risk factors, prevention and detection.

Smith has clinical and administrative experience in adult and pediatric oncology and hematology, HIV/AIDs, critical care and community health. She completed an externship in oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, and is board-certified in oncology by the Oncology Nursing Society. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, the American Academy of Medical Administrators and the American College of Oncology Administrators.

The Pink Ribbon Day presentations are free and open to the public.

UW-Eau Claire's Women's and Gender Equity Center will sponsor the presentations.

For more information, contact Abby Vercauteren at 715-836-2693 or vercaual@uwec.edu.

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