Taking Care of Others
Early detection of breast
cancer is often the first line of defense
against this disease. To help those who do
not have health insurance and would otherwise
forego a mammogram, the Joan Karnell Cancer
Center at Pennsylvania Hospital and the Big
Bam! Foundation hosted a day of free mammograms
The staff of the Women's
Imaging Center helped to screen 50 women
who will receive free follow-up treatment,
if necessary. Staff members also provided information
on breast cancer and breast health and taught
attendees how to conduct a breast self-exam.
Free mammograms are
just one way the Joan Karnell Cancer Center and
the Big Bam! Foundation are working to increase awareness. Held on
March 1, the Big Bam! Foundation's
Philadelphia Fashion and Music Event featured
celebrity chefs and restauranteurs, including
Georges Perrier, Neil Stein, Audrey Claire Taichman, Marc Vetri, and
Susanna Foo, serving some of their finest creations.
Designed to raise
funds for breast cancer awareness, the event
included members of the Philadelphia Ballet and the Philadelphia Charge
modeling Nicole Miller's
spring fashions and the acclaimed Eroica Trio performing chamber music.
Ed Rendell was also in attendance. The Joan Karnell Cancer Center
is proud to have been a sponsor of such a worthwhile event.
A volunteer-driven non-profit organization, the Big Bam! Foundation
works to raise breast cancer awareness particularly in women under
the age of 40. Janice Bonadio, founder of the Big Bam! Foundation,
was diagnosed with breast cancer at 27 years old, an age when few
women think about this life-threatening illness.