To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and celebrate good works of the The George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center, the 6th Annual Blush Lunch event was held at the French Embassy in mid-October.
At the event, the GW Cancer Center unveiled its new mobile mammography unit, the GW Mammovan, which provides life-saving mammograms to busy working women in the DC area and gives access to early detection to underserved communities.
The GW Mammovan is one of the longest running mobile mammography programs. Over the last 20 years, the GW Mammovan has screened more than 36,500 women, bringing life-saving breast cancer screenings to approximately 2,500 women each year. It not only brings access to early detection for breast cancer to the underserved, but also helps working women who otherwise might skip their regular mammogram due to time constraints as it often parks in front of offices, so the busy working woman can be screened on her lunch break.
Guests at the Blush Lunch took tours of the new Mammovan, spoke with patients, and learned from breast cancer survivor Dr. Rachel Brem, who leads the GW Cancer Center program.
Celebrity guest Giuliana Rancic and master of ceremonies Jennifer Griffin shared their experiences with breast cancer. Congressional Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton was also on hand to lend her support.
*Images provided courtesy GW Cancer Center