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Publish Date: 06/17/02
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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The Barrett Cancer Center and Saks Fifth Avenue Team to Fight Breast Cancer

Cincinnati--Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. Medical research has led to significant progress against breast cancer--early detection, higher survival rates and improved quality of life--but ongoing funding for research is necessary to find a cure for this disease.

The Barrett Cancer Center at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Saks Fifth Avenue are partnering for the second-consecutive year in the fight against breast cancer. As a kickoff to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, The Barrett Center and Saks Fifth Avenue are holding a charity-driven shopping weekend on September 18-21 to benefit breast cancer research at The Barrett Center. Saks Fifth Avenue will donate 2 percent of Cincinnati sales over the four shopping days as part of its Fashion Targets Breast Cancer national campaign. This fundraising weekend of shopping takes place in all of Saks Fifth Avenue's 63 stores, as well as in 50 OFF 5th outlet stores, and Folio, the company's mail order catalog.

To kick off the event, The Barrett Cancer Center is hosting a luncheon on September 18 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati at 11:30 a.m. Guests for the program include Laura Pulfer, writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cecilia Fenoglio-Preiser, MD, director of The Barrett Cancer Center and Ina Levinson, Saks Fifth Avenue, with Mary Mahoney, MD, radiologist and Elizabeth Shaughnessy, MD, surgical oncologist, as the guest speakers. Saks Fifth Avenue has planned a fun-filled afternoon of shopping and special events throughout the store, including a champagne and dessert reception at 1:30 p.m., and a private shopping party and reception at 5 p.m.

The luncheon chair is Eileen Barrett and the honorary chair is Helen D. Williams. The planning committee includes Jane Battaglia; Paula Comisar; Debi Crosset Warkany; Marjorie Hiatt; Mickey Kaplan; Linda Karr, Cate Katz; Kate Lawrence; Joanie Lotts; Glenda Raley; Yvonne Robertson; Rhonda Sheakley; Ashley Ward and Connie Wiles.

Seating for the luncheon is limited so early reservations are suggested. The cost is $75 for benefactor seating and $50 for patron seating. Tables of 10 are available. Proceeds will benefit breast cancer research at The Barrett Cancer Center, a comprehensive cancer center that provides the finest care available to the Greater Cincinnati Tristate region.

Gather friends, come to lunch, shop and support the research efforts in Cincinnati. For further information and reservations please contact Linda Karr at UC Cancer Programs, 513-558-8624.

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