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Beverly Breast Cancer Walk Goes Virtual

The OSF Beverly Breast Cancer Walk has been a Mother’s Day tradition in Beverly/Morgan Park for 20 years. The walk provides a way for the community to come together to support breast cancer treatment and services for patients, survivors and their families at OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center and to honor breast cancer patients, survivors and victims with the message to fight, admire, honor and hope.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, OSF HealthCare will host the Beverly Breast Cancer Virtual Walk on Sun., May 10. According to the Facebook event post, “The virtual walk is a fun, interactive way to get up and move safely during the coronavirus pandemic while still honoring and supporting our friends, family and all those who have or are currently facing the fight against breast cancer.”
Participants can walk around their houses, on treadmills or in the neighborhood following the rules of social distancing and using masks. Walkers will use social media to cheer each other on.

Organizers posted, “Make sure to take a picture of yourself walking, tag it with #OSFBBCW and share the names of those who you walk for or the reason why you walk. With everything going on, we recognize that the need for breast cancer services, treatment and support doesn’t stop – and neither does our commitment to supporting patients and their families during these critical times.”
Proceeds from the walk will continue to benefit the Cancer Center and Comprehensive Breast Health Center at OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center to provide state-of-the-art treatment and services to breast cancer patients, survivors and their families. Funding will continue to sustain breast health programming and the BBCW Crisis Fund to assist breast cancer patients with emergent financial needs through treatment.
Keep up to date on the virtual walk the OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center Facebook page under events.

Patient Joins Fight Against Breast Cancer

Michelle Rush, 39, was born and raised in Chicago and grew up with in a large, close-knit family with three siblings. She has always been an outgoing, active woman with a sparkling personality who loves to travel, eat and shop. In early 2017, Rush’s world was forever changed when she discovered a small lump during a routine self-breast exam.

Rush made an appointment with a fellowship-trained breast surgeon at Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) who confirmed her worst fear: the diagnoses was breast cancer. A team of oncology experts at LCMH immediately collaborated and developed a treatment plan for Rush. From March through July 2017, she underwent chemotherapy followed by surgery in August and radiation in November. Currently, Rush is undergoing adjuvant therapy at LCMH, which will be completed in September.

On Mother’s Day, May 13, you will see Michelle Rush among the participants in the 19th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk. The walk starts at 8 a.m. at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Over the past 18 years, the Walk has raised more than $5.5 million to support LCMH’s award-winning Comprehensive Breast Health Center and impacted the lives of thousands of breast cancer survivors.

“My number one advice for women is to put their health first and to not be afraid of getting a mammogram,” Rush said. “A mammogram can save your life, and early detection is crucial.”

Along Michelle’s journey, she has utilized the Integrative Therapy services at LCMH that are provided free of charge to patients undergoing treatment, their families and those who support them. The Integrative Therapy department provides patients with support and programming that will allow them to experience a high quality of life throughout their cancer journey. Services include acupuncture, art therapy, breast cancer support group, yoga, guided imagery, hypnosis, meditation, and more.

“What I love most about LCMH is that I do not feel like just a number,” Rush said. “From the physicians to the nurses to everyone in between – I truly feel like I am at home and a part of a tight-knit community.”

Today, Rush is looking forward to living with a fresh new outlook on life. She has begun to plan trips with her family and friends once her treatment is completed. The Bahamas and San Diego are on her list.

“For me, breast cancer was not a death sentence but more so a wake-up call to not take life for granted and to live every day to the fullest,” Rush said.

With generous community support in 2017, the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk was able to sustain its support of current breast health programming and continue deepening its impact with the establishment of a crisis fund to assist LCMH breast cancer patients with emergent financial needs. Additionally, a portion of the 2017 event proceeds supported a “sister-walk” partnership with the international organization, People Helping People, bringing much-needed medical equipment, supplies and services to breast cancer patients in poverty-stricken El Salvador.

In 2018, top funding priorities include continued expansion of breast health programming, assisting those who may be in financial crisis during their treatment and empowering survivors.

Register early for the Walk to receive a t-shirt with the $30 entry fee. The entry fee for children ages 18 and under is $15. Same-day registration is $10 more for adults and $5 more for children 18 and under. T-shirt availability is not guaranteed for day-of registrants. Register at  www.BeverlyBreastCancerWalk.org.