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Don't sit around this October; Button up for the battle against breast cancer

October 01, 2014 by Amy Holcombe

GREENVILLE – With more than three million women battling breast cancer, everywhere you turn there is a mother, daughter, sister, or friend who has been affected by breast cancer. October is the month dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer. Throughout the month, there are several platforms used to bring attention to the disease, from walks, to pink ribbons, to specialized merchandise and exhibits. 

For the last 16 years, the button chair has traveled around the state bringing the countless number of stories of women who’ve battled breast cancer in North Carolina. Every button represents a unique story of courage and strength, each having belonged to a breast cancer survivor or someone who lost their battle with the disease. Through Oct. 6, Vidant Medical Center will host the button chair exhibit in the lobby of the hospital. 

The purpose of the exhibit is to educate visitors about breast cancer, encourage women to get mammograms and deliver messages of hope from survivors who have overcome the disease.

“Thousands of people walk through the doors of Vidant Medical Center every day. Hosting the button chair exhibit during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity for Vidant Medical Center to honor those affected by the disease, while also educating and informing the thousands of people we reach,” said Todd Hickey, senior vice president, Vidant Medical Center. 

The display is a dynamic, interactive experience highlighted by the glass-enclosed button chair and four hands-on, educational kiosks. Two of the exhibit’s kiosks contain touch-screen monitors with programming featuring breast cancer facts, resources and information concerning mammograms. 

The exhibit’s featured elements are video stories of hope, as five North Carolina women (representing Asheville, Durham, Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilson) share their stories of detection, treatment and survival. These uplifting accounts reveal how the disease has touched each woman’s life, and the lives of their families. One of the stories is told in the survivor’s native Spanish, and all information featured on the touch-screens is available in both English and Spanish.

The exhibit’s other two kiosks include information on mammograms and breast exams and details about the Button Chair, including stories behind specific buttons. Beads depicting lump sizes detectable by self-exam, as well as those detected through mammography are featured. Also included is a mammogram X-ray providing visitors the opportunity to view a cancerous mass. 

The Button Chair exhibit is also available for display – free of charge – to North Carolina schools, businesses, community groups and other organizations. To secure the chair or for more information, please visit www.bcbsncfoundation.org.
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