WICHITA – Pink Platoon is calling up breast cancer survivors in Sedgwick County and surrounding areas for a free health and wellness ‘boot camp’ from 8:30am-2pm on Saturday, Sept. 9 at KU School of Medicine–Wichita, 1010 N. Kansas. Each survivor is welcome to bring one guest. Lunch will be provided and participating breast cancer survivors will receive a tote bag filled with information as well as some Pink Platoon gift items.
Pink Platoon was developed in partnership with Susan G. Komen Kansas, KU School of Medicine-Wichita and Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), the outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center. The ‘boot camp’ will include: Tips to improve energy and wellness after treatment, updates on coping with common after-effects of treatment, workshops on genetics, ‘Chemobrain,’ and more, a guidebook with local and national resources.
American Cancer Society research shows that one out of every four survivors experiences a decrease in their quality of life due to physical issues like pain and memory loss and one in 10 encounter emotional problems.
“We developed the Pink Platoon program to provide real answers to the very real physical and emotional challenges that can await breast cancer survivors,” Susan Krigel, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist with MCA said. Krigel received a grant from Susan G. Komen Kansas to develop an educational and motivational program for cancer survivors.
“This is going to be a day of information and empowerment for breast cancer survivors in the Wichita area,” promises Judy Johnston, a research instructor at KU School of Medicine-Wichita. “Plus, we have some ideas up our sleeves to make sure it’s fun, too.”
To ‘enlist’ for the free Pink Platoon boot camp and get more information, contact Johnston at 316-293-1861 or firstname.lastname@example.org. l