UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health Celebrates “Pink October” with Annual Hope Hike

ORLANDO, FL. (October 14, 2016) – “Pink October” is here! UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health is marking National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a series of events.

On Wednesday, October 19 at 9:30 A.M., the annual Hope Hike will kick off from Orlando City Hall, where Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke and other elected officials will proclaim October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Hundreds of Hope Hikers will then walk the 1.2 miles down Orange Avenue to UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health escorted by the Orlando Police Department’s pink patrol car.

Around Central Florida: Hope Hikes at other Orlando Health hospitals in Seminole and Orange counties will unite the community, elected officials, oncologists, breast cancer patients, survivors and their families in the fight against breast cancer.

  • 9:30 A.M.:  South Lake Hospital, walkers will hike to the South Lake Hospital Therapeutic Garden from two starting points: the South Lake Hospital Main Entrance Lobby and the UF Health Cancer Center Orlando Health at South Lake Hospital.
  • 10am: Health Central Hospital, the Hike will begin in the hospital’s atrium and continue through Ocoee, crossing State Road 50 to the UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health facility.
  • 10am: South Seminole Hospital, the Hike will begin at the UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health – Lake Mary, located at 210 Rinehart Road in Lake Mary. Participants will hike down Rinehart Road, then along Lake Mary Blvd., looping back to the cancer center.
  • Noon: Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, participants will hike through the halls of the hospital, visiting cancer treatment areas.

Walkers are encouraged to register online for any of the Hope Hike activities by visiting the event site here.

Local statistics: Already this year, more than 8,700 new cancer patients have walked through the doors of UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. About 600 of them have had breast cancer. In 2016, it’s estimated that 16,770 Florida women will be diagnosed with the disease. UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health remains at the forefront of cancer care in Central Florida. So far this year, the cancer center has logged 83,000 total visits to its oncology clinics, and continues to add new services to meet the needs of the community and its patients.

National statistics: Breast cancer is the second most-common type of cancer among women in the United States. This year, nearly 246,600 American women will be diagnosed with the disease. The odds of a woman being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime are one in eight. Every three minutes a new case of breast cancer is diagnosed, and every 13 minutes a woman dies from breast cancer. However, with early diagnosis, breast cancer has a cure rate better than 90%.

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Orlando Health is a $2.6 billion not-for-profit health care organization and a community-based network of physician practices, hospitals, and outpatient care centers throughout Central Florida. The organization is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. More than 2,000 physicians have privileges at Orlando Health, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with more than 15,000 employees who serve nearly 2 million Central Florida residents and more than 4,500 international patients annually.  Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $270 million in support of community health needs.  More information can be found at Orlando Health.

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October 14, 2016