SOMC Cancer Services to host Carnival for a Cure

2009 River Days Candidate Julie Seaman will team with SOMC Cancer Services to host a Carnival for a Cure from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27 at the Cancer Center.

“Each River Days candidate is required to pick a platform which she must create awareness of throughout the community,” Seaman, senior at Northwest High School, said. “I chose breast cancer because of the significance it has played in my life.”

Seaman explained that her great-grandmother passed away from the disease, strengthening her goal to spread the importance of early detection.

“There are many tools out there that can be used to help the prevention of breast cancer, but unfortunately, many women wait until it’s too late,” Seaman said.

“Through this event, and my campaign, I hope to encourage young ladies to stay healthy by checking their family history, knowing the warning signs and receiving an annual screening. It’s never to early to start fighting against breast cancer.”

The carnival is open to both employees and community members and many family-friendly activities are planned including inflatables, snow cones, cotton candy and tours of the center’s new HDR breast cancer treatment room. River Days candidates from each local school district also will be on hand and Steve Hayes of Mix 99.3 will broadcast live for a portion of the event.

All proceeds collected during the day will benefit the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, which provides assistance to breast cancer patients.