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LMC Welcomes Breast Cancer Survivor, Philanthropist and Activist Dee Dee Ricks for Women’s Night Out
Posted by: Jennifer Wilson, Public Relations Manager | October 16, 2012
West Columbia, S.C. – Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome breast cancer survivor Dee Dee Ricks to Columbia to speak at the hospital’s annual cancer event, Women’s Night Out, TONIGHT, Tuesday, October 16th at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. A record 925 people will attend the sold out event, which includes a silent auction, fashion show, dinner and speech. Proceeds from Women’s Night Out will benefit the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Crystal Smith Fund, which offers assistance to women undergoing cancer treatment.
Dee Dee Ricks is a breast cancer survivor and motivational speaker, who is the featured person in an HBO documentary called The Education of Dee Dee Ricks. Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38, the New York City businesswoman and mother went through extensive treatment, including bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy and reconstruction. Then, she channeled her energies toward treating cancer patients in underserved communities in New York City. She supports a national coalition of patient navigators to improve standards of practice and compassionate care for underserved individuals.
The Education of Dee Dee Ricks debuted on HBO in 2011. It’s an intimate and passionately told documentary that chronicles how a successful businesswoman and mother’s life changes dramatically. It shows how after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Dee Dee Ricks set out to make life easier for less fortunate cancer patients. The documentary also includes poignant, candid and even humorous moments, capturing everything from Dee Dee helping her two young sons adjust to her baldness to telling jokes with doctors and discussing dating with her wigmaker. (A photo of Dee Dee is attached)
One of the most poignant moments in the film is Dee Dee’s meeting with Dr. Harold Freeman, a man dedicated to making diagnosis and treatments more accessible to all. Another key moment comes when Dee Dee meets Cynthia, another woman battling breast cancer. Although their personal situations differ dramatically, the two women form a deep bond. Learn more about the film at http://www.theeducationofdeedeericks.com/film/
Women’s Night Out has become a premiere breast cancer event each October in the Midlands. It recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness Months and honors cancer survivors and their families. Each year, Women’s Night Out raises more than $25,000 for the Crystal Smith Fund.
“Women’s Night Out is an uplifting evening that leaves everyone feeling inspired,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center.
Lexington Medical Center’s breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Lexington Medical Center has four Women’s Imaging Centers and a state-of-the-art digital mobile mammography van that travels throughout the Midlands. Through an innovative program known as "Five Day Detection to Diagnosis,” Lexington Medical Center provides answers about the health of a woman’s breast within five days after detection of a lump or abnormality.
Lexington Medical Center, in West Columbia, S.C., anchors a county-wide health care network that includes six community medical centers throughout Lexington County and employs a staff of 5,900 health care professionals. The network also includes comprehensive cardiovascular care, an occupational health center, the largest nursing home in the Carolinas and more than 60 physician practices. At its heart is the 414-bed state-of-the-art Lexington Medical Center, with a reputation for the highest quality care. Lexington Medical Center won “Best Hospital” by readers of The State for ten years in a row, “Best Hospital” by readers of the Free Times, "Best Place to Have a Baby" by readers of Palmetto Parent, the "Consumer Choice Award" from the National Research Corporation and the prestigious “Summit Award” from Press Ganey for outstanding patient satisfaction.