There’s Much to Celebrate this October

AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida, Pink n Parade race participants

In recognition of breast cancer awareness month, AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida welcomed over 1200 people at the Seventh Annual Pink on Parade 5K on October 13 in Celebration, Florida. The event was a huge success thanks to our many participants, sponsors and volunteers. This special day lived up to its’ name and included a pink parade of breast cancer survivors, patients and family members who have been impacted by this disease.

Participants showed up in their pinkest attire to celebrate the brave women in our community battling breast cancer, survivors who have won their fight and those whose light shines on through their loved ones. Before the race began, Carmen McCrea, a 41-year-old breast cancer survivor, shared her powerful and emotional story with the crowd.

“Once I decided on my team of doctors at AdventHealth, I had a plan and was thankful that my cancer was pretty treatable. With my faith, family and friends praying me through it, I did it! And now I’m on the other side of it. Through the process I learned about the Pink on Parade. I was able to participate in a wellness program free of charge thanks to the monies raised at the event. As a patient and one who has benefited from these services, this event is very personal and important to me.”

Your generosity in support of this event helped raise $131,759.00 for breast cancer patients and survivors, like Carmen. The funds raised will go towards a brand-new survivorship program at AdventHealth Celebration for recently diagnosed breast cancer patients and survivors.

This survivorship program led by board-certified radiation oncologist Amber Orman, MD, will provide whole-person healing for the mind, body and spirit by focusing on things like mindfulness, functional movement and nutrition. Dr. Orman is extremely passionate about integrative therapies and nutrition and how they apply to cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship. She will soon be board-certified in lifestyle medicine as well.

“Pink on Parade specifically provides our patients with cutting edge intensive lifestyle change programs which not only educate, but also provide support in many forms to sustain lifelong positive behaviors that have the potential to make breast cancer a rare disease.” Said Dr. Orman.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Pink on Parade 5K to support breast cancer patients and families in our community.

You can still make a gift to support breast cancer patients and their families. Visit PinkOnParade.com to donate in honor of someone you know who has been affected by breast cancer.

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