14,000 People Gathered on Mother’s Day to Join the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Little Company of Mary’s 17th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk Took Place on Sunday, May 8th

On Mother’s Day, May 8th, more than 14,000 men, women and children gathered together to walk the 17th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk (BBCW). Participants joined together to embark the three-mile route through the historic Beverly Hills and Morgan Park neighborhood. This great turnout was in support of Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited and award-winning Comprehensive Breast Health Center.

Left to Right: Carol Moriarty, BBCW founder and committee member; Cara McGuire, RN, Breast Nurse Navigator at LCMH; Jilma Patrick, M.D., fellowship-trained breast surgeon at LCMH; Nancy Mulcahy, BBCW founder and committee member; Diane Shaw, BBCW committee member; Geri Doherty, BBCW committee member; Margie Sweeney, BBCW committee member; Jeanine O’Malley, 2015 BBCW spokesperson; Pat Morley, LCMH Foundation / BBCW committee member

Left to Right: Carol Moriarty, BBCW founder and committee member; Cara McGuire, RN, Breast Nurse Navigator at LCMH; Jilma Patrick, M.D., fellowship-trained breast surgeon at LCMH; Nancy Mulcahy, BBCW founder and committee member; Diane Shaw, BBCW committee member; Geri Doherty, BBCW committee member; Margie Sweeney, BBCW committee member; Jeanine O’Malley, 2015 BBCW spokesperson; Pat Morley, LCMH Foundation / BBCW committee member

Almost three decades ago, Chicago area resident, Carol Moriarty, one of the three original BBCW founders, found herself at Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center receiving treatments to aid in her battle with breast cancer. After a successful plan of treatments, Carol found herself cancer-free and with a new profound vision for life.

“It’s truly remarkable to look back and see how far this family-centered historic walk has come. It began with three pioneering women (Carol Moriarty, Nancy Mulcahy and Lisa O’Brien) who believed in fighting breast cancer with one step at a time on one of the most memorable days of the year – Mother’s Day,” said Brian Lepacek, MDiv, Executive Director of the LCMH Foundation. “Who would have dreamed 17 years ago that Carol, Lisa and Nancy would today walk with more than 14,000 friends? Seventeen years is living proof that if we join hands and talents together, we can make a difference – and save lives.”

Today, hundreds of women like Carol have found compassionate and state-of-the-art treatment at Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center.

Jilma Patrick, M.D., fellowship-trained breast surgeon at LCMH, addresses the crowd at the 17th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk.

Jilma Patrick, M.D., fellowship-trained breast surgeon at LCMH, addresses the crowd at the 17th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk.

“The Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Little Company of Mary has been recognized as one of the top in the nation because of each one of you and this community, who have supported us for the last 17 years,” said Dr. Jilma Patrick, fellowship-trained breast surgeon at Little Company of Mary Hospital. “Thank you for your efforts and thank you for your support. Together, we will continue to support the fighters of breast cancer, admire the survivors, honor the ones who were taken, and we will never give up hope – Because finding a cure starts with hope.”

A sea of people filled the streets of Beverly for the 17th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk.

A sea of people filled the streets of Beverly for the 17th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk.

This year’s Walk is on track to raise more than $500,000 to benefit Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center that is located in the Women’s Center for Life and Health. The Center continues to address women’s health and wellness and provide forward-thinking, gender-sensitive healthcare for women of all ages. The Women’s Center was recently awarded with the 2016 Women’s Choice Award for being one of nation’s best breast centers for the third year in a row, acknowledging its dedication to providing exceptional patient care and treatment. By carrying the evidence-based designation of the Women’s Choice Award seal, Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center has signified its commitment to a global mission to elevate the patient experience for women and all patients.

Moms and daughters gathered on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th, for the 17th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk.

Moms and daughters gathered on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th, for the 17th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk.

To learn more about Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center or Dr. Jilma Patrick, go to www.lcmh.org or call 708.229.4050.

 

To schedule your mammogram online, go to www.lcmh.org/onlinescheduling.  The Beverly Breast Cancer Walk is still taking donations. Please visit www.beverlybreastcancerwalk.org to donate, view the photo gallery or to find out more information about the walk.

 

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