SHELBYVILLE, IL -- Fans attending the Friday, October 5 Shelbyville High School (SHS) home football game are in for a treat. Along with the usual purple and white school colors of the SHS Rams, there will be an element of pink as they rally with HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital (GSS) to support one of their own and to remind women that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Jennie Metcalf is a teacher at Moulton Middle School, who is battling breast cancer. Her positive attitude shines every day, whether she is teaching reading to her seventh graders or undergoing chemotherapy.
After recognizing a change to her body and speaking with friends, she took a proactive approach to investigate the issue. Mrs. Metcalf would like to encourage others to listen to their bodies and be alert to any changes and always follow-up with a medical professional.
Metcalf’s favorite quote is, “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody.”
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be affected by breast cancer. GSS and SHS want to remind women that mammograms save lives and the best protection is early detection. Women with a family history of breast cancer should be vigilant and have a conversation with their provider.
On the evening of October 5, the Rams will wear pink socks in support of breast cancer awareness as well as those who have been affected by it. Cheerleaders will toss pink footballs into the crowd, and pink ribbons of hope will adorn the field and fence.
The hospital will have information available about mammograms and breast health. There will be lots of pink surprises free to those who stop by the GSS booth.
The key club will pass pink boots for donations. These donations will go to the GSS Foundation Vicky Wagner Breast Cancer Assistance Fund which helps Shelby County women undergoing breast cancer treatment with their out-of-pocket expenses.
Join the Rams and GSS as we remind women to get their mammograms, and we cheer the Shelbyville High School Rams onto victory.
About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Clare, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.