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Published:  October 30, 2009

St. Luke’s hosts inaugural “Be Aware” Breast Cancer Awareness Tea

St. Luke’s hosts inaugural
“Be Aware” Breast Cancer Awareness Tea

Women community leaders were encouraged to be ambassadors
to inspire other women to seek breast cancer screening.


The Woodlands, TX — St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital with M.D. Anderson Radiation Treatment Center in The Woodlands recently held an inaugural “Be Aware Breast Cancer Awareness Tea & Luncheon.”

During the private, intimate setting, select women community leaders were treated to a delicious lunch highlighted by key note speaker, Dr. Therese B. Bevers, Medical Director of Clinical Prevention and Prevention Outreach Programs at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, who presented the facts about importance of being proactive in breast screening via routine mammogram and self breast exam.

Debra F. Sukin, CEO of St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, said, “Our goal was to spotlight our commitment to women and breast cancer awareness and education. As part of our Be Aware series to promote breast cancer awareness during the month of October, the information that was shared with this group of dynamic women has hopefully inspired them as ambassadors to reach out and encourage their peers, employees, community and family to understand the importance of breast screening via routine mammogram and self breast exam.”

Debby Roberts, Director of Women’s, Children’s and Oncology Services for St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, who organized the tea, explained, “The women’s services division of our hospital has proudly created a one-stop, comprehensive healthcare center for women, which underscores our commitment to the community.”

The tea was part of the Be Aware series of activities in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month as St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital joined the fight against breast cancer. The hospital also hosted an informative breast cancer lecture series in October.

Event guest Kim Marling, who is Vice President of Woodforest Charitable Foundation, added, "As a breast cancer survivor, I am keenly aware of the importance of regular breast screenings. However, it is equally important for every woman to be aware of any changes within her breasts. I am happy to see St. Luke’s take the lead in bringing 'breast awareness' to the public in terms of educating and influencing women to be ambassadors to others about the importance of breast screening and the prevention of this horrible disease."

Dr. Pamela Schlembach, Director of MD Anderson Radiation Oncology – The Woodlands, provided speaker introductions. Rev. Randall Trego, Chaplain of St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, lead the invocation. And a special survivor testimonial was given by Margaret Looper, breast cancer survivor and M.D. Anderson volunteer. Each guest was given a gift of a hand-made key chain, made by Ms. Looper and other M.D. Anderson volunteers, which had a small bell on the end. At the end of Ms. Looper’s speech, she asked that everyone in the room who had been affected by breast cancer, either personally or through a loved one, ring their bells together in recognition of those who have battled breast cancer.

St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital is located at 17200 St. Luke’s Way in The Woodlands, at the southwest corner of SH 242 and I-45. For more information, please call (936) 266-2000 or visit

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