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Published on October 21, 2013

MU Health Care Shines A Pink Light On Breast Cancer Awareness

COLUMBIA, Mo. — In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, University of Missouri Health Care is shining a pink light on the disease in October. Lights inside and outside University Hospital, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, and Women’s and Children’s Hospital are colored pink this month.

“So many women fight the battle against breast cancer every day, and we wanted to do something that would encourage them in their fight,” said Roger Higginbotham, director of support services for MU Health Care. “These lights are a simple and visible way to bring attention to breast cancer awareness.”

Approximately 280 lights throughout MU Health Care have been colored pink. At University Hospital, two large pink ribbons — the international symbol for the fight against breast cancer — are projected on the exterior of the hospital. Lighting in the hospital’s main lobby also shines pink. The south and southeast stairwells of the hospital’s patient care tower are illuminated in pink, and light fixtures in the Ellis Fischel Gala and the Brown Family Healing Garden also shine pink. At Women’s and Children’s Hospital, lights at the Children’s Hospital entrance are pink as well.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, a part of University of Missouri Health Care, provides comprehensive cancer care to patients from every county in the state. More than 100 physician specialists and other trained professionals work together to improve and save the lives of cancer patients. Designated Missouri’s official state cancer center in 2004, Ellis Fischel services include inpatient and outpatient treatment and cancer screening. Ellis Fischel’s breast health program is the only breast center in central Missouri accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.