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A Woman's Volunteer, the Face of Breast Cancer for the Next GenerationsLinda Harvison, St. Joseph’s Academy, Named Woman’s Victory Open 2013 Honorary Chair

Woman's is taking its fight against breast cancer back to school as it welcomes its Woman's Victory Open 2013 Honorary Chair, Linda Harvison, principal of St. Joseph's Academy, and active breast cancer fighter. The Woman's Victory Open (WVO), the Woman’s Hospital all-woman golf tournament, supports breast cancer education and outreach primarily through its Mobile Mammography Coach. Since its inception, the WVO has raised more than $1 million.
 
Diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in August 2012, Linda has completed chemotherapy and is now undergoing radiation. She joins a distinguished list of honorary chairs in the fundraiser’s 15 year history, all of whom were breast cancer survivors or fighters.
 
“Linda's role as an outstanding community leader and educator places her in a unique position to help raise awareness of breast cancer in a new generation of young women," says Lynn Weill, Woman’s vice president of Development. "Linda sets a strong example of compassion and acceptance in managing cancer and seeking care."
 
“I can only hope that my journey is a story that my girls (SJA students) will not forget, and that they, their mothers and grandmothers will take the time for self-exam or mammograms,” says Linda Harvison. “Our Sisters of St. Joseph have taught us to ‘reach out to the dear neighbor,’ and I hope my journey helps raise money for cancer research and makes people aware of the need to continue to fight this disease.”
 
This year it is estimated that approximately 192,370 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, and early detection and prompt treatment are the keys to saving lives. Sadly, Louisiana has the highest mortality rate from breast cancer in the nation. This is due to multiple factors including delayed care and reduced early detection. Woman’s Hospital is helping reduce this statistic by traveling daily to 15 parishes statewide to offer mammograms. In 2012, more than 5,200 women were served by the Mobile Mammography Coach and 50 percent of the population screened was uninsured.
 
In addition to Linda, the WVO Steering Committee currently includes 49 women. Woman's welcomes volunteers to assist in planning the annual Pink on the Plaza party and golf tournament. The community can support breast cancer outreach by purchasing a raffle ticket, attending Pink on the Plaza, the post-tournament party including a chef’s showcase and live and silent auction on October 13th or by becoming a sponsor. Contact Melissa Curry at 225-924-8749 or melissa.curry@womans.org.

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