Shouse said, “We want to encourage women going through the traumatic experience of breast cancer. They can be surrounded by people who have survived it, and feel their support.”
Before the walk, a 14-year survivor of breast cancer will give her testimony. There also will be informational booths set up, and Robinson Chiropractic will give a demonstration. Important information about breast cancer risk factors, disease and early detection will be available.
After the walk, there will be a candlelight ceremony at the pond — a new feature this year.
Everyone is invited to take part in the walk — not only women, but also men and children.
Earlier that day, the Women Veterans’ Program will hand out information about breast cancer and answer questions in the “hub” near the canteen from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The national “Pink Out” is held at VA’s throughout the country; each facility decides which day to observe it.
With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Illiana decided to have its Pink Out on the first day of the month.
“Why not start off the month with a bang?” said Ebun Croom-Osaze, program manager and physician assistant with the women’s clinic at the VA.
The VA is offering more gender-specific services for women veterans, she said, adding, “The VA is advancing women’s health care and recognizing the importance.”
The Federal Women’s Program, which was re-established last year, offers a variety of services to help women veterans with their physical and emotional needs.
FYI For more information regarding this walk or the Federal Women's Program, email Rana Shouse at Rana.Shouse@va.gov or call her at 554-5270 or email Sherrie Ellis at Sherrie.Ellis@va.gov or call 554-5955.