Working with our friends from Norton Healthcare, a group of University of Louisville nursing students organized a skin cancer awareness event for the benefit of the women in our Sober Living Program. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. Early detection saves lives. Lindsay, a U of L nursing student scheduled to graduate in early August, explained, “Partnering with Norton Healthcare to provide education and health screenings has been an exciting and rewarding experience. These wonderful women are extremely fun to work with and take a real interest in participating in their own health.” Many thanks to all of the University of Louisville nursing students who participated in this preventative care event. Currently, Wayside Christian Mission partners with fourteen universities, colleges, and seminaries. Our work with students is making a notable impact on the lives of Louisville’s homeless population.
According to the American Cancer Society, over 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year; sadly, about 40,000 women will die of breast cancer in 2014. Once again, our friends from Norton Healthcare returned to Hotel Louisville with their mobile mammogram screening unit. Norton Healthcare’s Jenita Lyons, who also teaches at Bellermine University, was instrumental in organizing the event. Most doctors believe that early detection tests for breast cancer could save several thousands of lives each year, but more lives would be spared if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these vital tests. The ladies of Wayside Christian Mission are grateful to Jenita Lyons and Norton Healthcare for sponsoring this life-saving event.