Student athletes are donning special pink shoelaces to remind the women in their lives that it’s time to get checked for breast cancer. The Good Samaritan Health System is sponsoring the Pink Shoelace Campaign to encourage every woman who is 40 and over to get an annual mammogram.
“Early detection is smart and saves lives,” said Dr. Karla Ludwig, medical director for Good Samaritan Oncology & Hematology Associates. “It’s critical to catch and treat cancer early.” According to the American Cancer Society, 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer were found last year and 40,170 Americans died from the disease.
“The Good Samaritan Pink Shoelaces Campaign provides teenagers with a great tool to remind their loved ones – moms, aunts, grandmothers, friends – to get screened for breast cancer. When these student athletes take to the field, they are empowered to educate everyone in the stands with the small act of wearing pink shoelaces. We hope that families will use the pink shoelaces as a conversation starter about healthy lifestyles,” Ludwig explained.
To date, Good Samaritan has donated pink shoelaces to Annville, Cedar Crest, Elco, Lebanon, Lebanon Catholic and Northern Lebanon high schools. From football to soccer, both boys and girls teams are wearing pink shoelaces for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Local county sports teams interested in receiving shoelaces can still contact the hospital at 717-270-7756 while supplies last.
“The reaction to the program has been overwhelmingly positive,” Ludwig added. “It’s wonderful to see how the teams have jumped in to help spread the message about early detection.”
For 120 years, the Good Samaritan Health System has served the health care needs of Lebanon County. The Good Samaritan Hospital is a modern, fully-equipped, fully-accredited 172-bed acute care facility that offers complete inpatient and outpatient care, as well as an inpatient rehabilitation program. The health system also provides services at many other sites located throughout Lebanon County.