Emanuel Cancer Center’s Women’s Cancer Awareness Night Out will feature special guest speaker Allyn Rose, a breast cancer advocate and 2012 Miss USA Contestant.
The 16th Women’s Cancer Awareness Night Out is slated for Tuesday, October 8. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Monte Vista Chapel in Turlock, with a procession of cancer survivors opening the program at 7 p.m. Tickets are free, but must be requested in advance beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 16. Tickets can be reserved online at www.emanuelmedicalcenter.org/cancer or by phoning Emanuel Cancer Center at 664-2434. Tickets are limited to 10 tickets per individual.
KCRA reporter Sharokina Shams, a former Turlock resident and California State University, Stanislaus graduate, will be the evening’s master of ceremonies. The program will also feature teenage singing sensation Capri Ruberto Anderson, who soared to YouTube fame and wide acclaim on the strength of a song she’s written and performed in support of her mother, who was also treated for breast cancer.
“It’s going to be another motivating and inspiring evening,” said Pennie Rorex, Emanuel’s assistant vice president of corporate communication and marketing. “But I encourage ladies to order tickets early, as last year tickets were gone the first day they became available.”
Allyn Rose was 16 when her mother died of breast cancer, and she also lost her grandmother and a great aunt to the disease. Even though she doesn’t have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation most commonly associated with hereditary breast cancer, her father sat her down and broached the idea of getting a preventative mastectomy. Rose did eventually decide to have the surgery and plans to in the near future. She announced her decision before last year’s Miss USA pageant, which she was competing in as the 2012 Miss District of Columbia.
Rose will bring her message of hope and advocacy to Turlock. “I thought it was an opportunity to save a lot of lives and tell women they can take charge of their health care,” she said. “I think that’s an important message.”
Also at the event, the Turlock Firefighters will surprise a recipient with the association’s first-ever Pink Helmet Award. The award will be presented to someone whose life has been touched by cancer and who represents the characteristics of a firefighter— compassion, bravery, honesty, commitment and courage. Nominations will be accepted through September 23 at www.turlockfirefighters.org.
Opened in 2007, the Emanuel Cancer Center brings world-class cancer care to Turlock. The Center is fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer in recognition of its quality of treatment and care – a commendation only awarded to about 20 percent of cancer programs in the country. The Emanuel Cancer Center includes advanced diagnostic services at the Ruby E. Bergman Women’s Diagnostic Center, medical oncology, radiation oncology at Stanford Emanuel Radiation Oncology Center, surgical and other services for cancer patients and their families. Patients at Emanuel Cancer Center can also participate in clinical trials of new treatments.
For information about Emanuel Cancer Center, visit www.emanuelmedicalcenter.org/cancer.