Pink Out at Tanager game Friday

The community of Vermillion is invited to participate in a PINK OUT at the VHS Tanager Football game vs. Madison High School at the Dakota Dome on Friday, October 12. Sanford Vermillion is hosting the PINK OUT to promote breast health awareness and to remind everyone of the importance of breast cancer screening in the fight against breast cancer.

VHS players and coaches will wear pink shoelaces to show their support. The first 100 in attendance will receive a breast cancer awareness gift Audience members will also have a chance to catch some pink footballs to be thrown out during the game.

"We are very excited to cheer on the Vermillion Tanager Football team and promote breast cancer awareness at the same time," said Mary Merrigan, director of public relations, Sanford Vermillion. "We hope to have a sea of pink throughout the Dome!"

"Early detection is so vitally important in the battle against breast cancer. Hosting an event like this helps us to bring more awareness to the topic in a fun way," said Dr. Anastasia Searcy, Sanford Clinic Vermillion. "I visit with my patients regularly about the importance of annual mammogram screening. Hopefully the Pink Out event will serve as another reminder to reinforce that message."

Sometimes the decision to make that screening appointment is met with concern about the costs involved. While most insurance plans cover the entire cost of a mammogram screening, the reality is there are many that have little or no insurance to help with these costs.

"The Pink Out event is also a great opportunity to talk about the financial assistance that is available for mammography screening through Dakota Hospital Foundation," said  Susan Tuve, president, Dakota Hospital Foundation. "We are constantly seeking ways that we can support local health and wellness needs and this is an excellent way to do that. The DHF Board made the commitment to bring the latest in breast health screening technology when they purchased the digital mammography equipment for Sanford Vermillion in 2009. Setting funds aside to also assist in the cost of the screening for those with little or no health insurance took that commitment to the next level."

?For more information regarding mammography screening and the availability of financial assistance for mammography costs, please call Sanford Vermillion at 605.624.2611

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