For Immediate Release: May 16, 2012
Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre presides over the Senate during
of a resolution recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the
Breast cancer survivor, Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre celebrates
passage of SCR 40.
Breast Cancer Awareness Day celebrated at State Capitol
Hundreds of breast cancer survivors and patients
along with their friends and families and other Oklahomans interested
in learning about the disease gathered at the State Capitol Tuesday
for the 4th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Sen. Judy Eason
McIntyre and Rep. Tommy Hardin co-chaired the educational event.
Being a five-year breast cancer survivor, Eason McIntyre knows
the importance of early detection, which is why she has hosted
the event ever since finding out she had breast cancer in 2006.
“I was one of the lucky ones whose cancer was detected early
enough because I have mammograms on a regular basis and my life
was saved. Too many women don’t realize that one in eight
women will get breast cancer in their lifetime and how early detection
is usually the only thing that can save their life,” said
Eason McIntyre. “Breast cancer is the second leading cause
of cancer deaths in women, and is projected to claim the lives
of more than 39,000 women this year.
Hopefully, this event will help save the life of someone’s
grandmother, mother, sister, aunt or friend.”
More than 20 businesses and organizations from around the state
had displays in the fourth floor rotunda with information on detection
and prevention as well as treatment options, medical assistance
and a variety of other information for patients and survivors.
Helping raise awareness about the disease is also very important
to Rep. Tommy Hardin whose wife is a breast cancer survivor.
“Having been a caregiver during my wife's battle with breast
cancer, I have seen firsthand the scars that it causes. Not only
the physical scars, but the ones that are much deeper, the emotional
scars. That's why I agreed to co-chair the Breast Cancer Awareness
Day,” said Hardin, R-Madill. “We need to find a cure
for all forms of cancer!”
In recognition of the special event, the Senate and House approved
Senate Concurrent Resolution 40. Eason McIntyre was allowed to
preside over the Senate during the consideration of the resolution.