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Button Chair Exhibit Opening and Reception

Thursday, 19 November, 5:00 - 7:00 pm (Program 5:30-6:00 pm)
Duke University Medical Center Library, 10 Bryan Searle Drive

FREE and Open to the Public. Door prize raffle for an iPod Touch.

Julie R. McQueen, CHES, RHEd
Oncology Patient Navigator, Duke Cancer Center Raleigh

Lidia Virelles Tiller
Coordinator, Breast Health Programs, Wake County Human Services

Valarie Clark Worthy, RN
Treatment Navigator for Health Disparities, Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center

Community Health Coalition
Cornucopia House
Duke Breast Patient Navigator Program
Duke Center for Cancer Survivorship/Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center
Duke Live for Life
El Centro
Latino Breast Cancer Support Group
Lincoln Community Health Center
NC Comprehensive Cancer Program
Sisters Network
Susan G. Komen For The Cure NC Triangle Affiliate

Breast cancer patients, survivors, & family members are invited to bring their
favorite buttons to the reception. They will become part of a commemorative plaque
being established by the Library.

Free parking available for the reception in the Bryan Research Garage,
311 Research Drive.

Sponsored by the Duke University Medical Center Library, Duke Center for Cancer
Survivorship, and the Susan G. Komen For The Cure NC Triangle Affiliate.

The Medical Center Library will host the interactive Button Chair Exhibit through 30 November.  A project of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation, this innovative art display is designed to increase awareness of breast cancer. The exhibit is free of charge and open to the public.

The Button Chair was created in 1998 by Brooke Kolconay Bryand, a North Carolina college student, as a tribute to the women in the state who have battled breast cancer.  It features thousands of buttons, each belonging to a victim or survivor of the disease.  The exhibit’s most unique aspect is an interactive video highlighting the stories of five North Carolina women who have survived the disease.

“By hosting the exhibit, we hope to raise awareness of breast cancer and promote early detection,” said Beverly Murphy, Assistant Director of Marketing and Publications at the Library. “We are particularly interested in reaching out to African-American women, who have a higher death rate due to late stage detection, and to Hispanic women, who may be less likely to undergo routine screening due to limited awareness about it.”

The BCBSNC Foundation encourages women to learn more about the disease, know their body and what is normal for their breasts, and to follow guidelines for mammograms. Through the Button Chair, they strive to educate women across North Carolina about the role of early detection.

An exhibit reception will be held at the Medical Center Library on November 19th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm featuring speakers, information tables, and a drawing for an iPod Touch, courtesy of Gold Standard. 

The Duke Medical Center Library & Archives (http://www.mclibrary.duke.edu/), the Duke Center for Cancer Survivorship (http://www.dukehealth.org), and the Susan G. Komen For The Cure, NC Triangle Affiliate (http://www.komennctriangle.org/), are cosponsoring this event.

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Posted 18 November 2009

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