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Foundation wants others to Think Pink

For the 15th annual Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness program hosted by the King’s Daughters Medical Center Foundation, organizers didn’t get a guest speaker — they got five.

Dr. Michael Peavey, Dr. Jan Purvis, Dr. William Hay, Cheri Brooks and Megan Kellum will make up a panel of experts who will share information with those who attend the event Tuesday at the Brookhaven Building.

The 300 free tickets for the event, which is Tuesday, were snatched up fast, a testament to the support for the Think Pink program’s mission and goals.

The event is all about education and encouragement, said Foundation Director Jeff Richardson.

Though there are several risk factors associated with breast cancer, such as having family members with the disease, further research is needed to understand the disease. Through the Think Pink luncheon, the KDMC Foundation is able to promote awareness, early detection and treatment in the fight against cancer.

Lunch will be provided, and names will be drawn from the attendees for four free mammograms.

The speakers each have something worthwhile to bring to the panel, Richardson said.

Peavey, of Brookhaven Surgery Clinic, is a board-certified general surgeon experienced in a wide range of procedures including hernia, gall bladder, endoscopy and colon resections. He is especially passionate about helping patients facing breast cancer and nearly half of his practice is focused on performing lumpectomy, mastectomy or mastectomy with reconstruction surgeries.

Purvis, of Associated Radiologist, is a board-certified radiologist in practice for more than 15 years. Hay is on staff at KDMC Medical Clinic and is board certified in family medicine.

Brooks is the chief nursing officer at KDMC and Kellum is a physical therapist.

They’ll answer questions from Richardson, but also random questions submitted from audience members as they arrive.