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Local volunteers become certified as Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge educators

Susan G. Komen’s volunteers come in all sizes, shapes and colors, but their hearts are pink and their caring has no limit.

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Elizabeth Hand, Mission Manager, Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate talks to group about Komen’s mission.


On Tuesday, June 19, the Coalition hosted a training for individuals interested in becoming a Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge volunteer breast health educator. Elizabeth Hand, Mission Manager for Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate, delivered a presentation on the mission of Susan G. Komen and breast health education. When discussing the importance of education and mammograms, Hand said, “No matter what your age is, you can be proactive”.

April Campbell, Medication Assistance Caseworker of the MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness, also presented facts about breast cancer to the group. In addition to her duties in the office, Campbell also participates in outreach events in Patrick County.

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April Campbell of the MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness discusses breast cancer symptoms and signs.

This presentation was the final step of Campbell becoming a Susan G. Komen ambassador. Campbell became a Komen Breast Health Educator in 2015, which is the first step to becoming a Komen Ambassador. Seven individuals received certificates upon completion of the training. Susan G. Komen Ambassadors join in Komen’s promise to end breast cancer forever by sharing their personal experiences with the deadly disease. Through their support of Komen programs and events, millions are encouraged by their strength and dedication of seeing a world without breast cancer. Campbell is the first Coalition employee to receive this award. She recently celebrated her 10 year anniversary with the MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness.

Every minute a volunteer spends helping they are giving another minute of hope to those affected by breast cancer. Susan G. Komen funds Ladies First, the Coalition’s mammography assistance program. “No matter what you learn today, talk to someone in your life about it,” said Elizabeth of women sitting in meeting

Educators staff local health fair tables and speak with women and men one-on-one about breast health. This is a wonderful way to work closely with others as well as give back to your community. Ladies First and the MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness participate in many outreach activities throughout the year to include speaking at churches and attending health fairs in an effort to educate our community on breast health.

Please contact or call              540-400-8222 ext. 3 with any questions or concerns regarding the next available Volunteer Breast Health Educator Training. For more information on Ladies First, click here.


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