CPAFE September 2017 Meeting

  • September 06, 2017
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Giant Super Foods Community Room, Linglestown Road
  • 49

Registration


September 6, 2017

Leigh Hurst
Feel Your Boobies: Partners in Education



About the Program

The Feel Your Boobies Foundation is a non-profit breast cancer organization that promotes proactive breast health through the use of strategic education & outreach programs. Our primary program is our College Outreach Program which provides free breast health education materials to college health centers & student organizations.  Since the beginning of this program in 2012, we have worked with over 500 colleges across the country to ensure breast health education is provided to their student body.

Many young women don’t realize that breast cancer is something that can happen to them. Our education and outreach programs aim to encourage women to get to know their bodies and start this health habit at a young age so that if a change occurs it can be caught early and brought to a doctor’s attention.

In 2017, Feel Your Boobies began offering a Partners in Education program as a way to work with local businesses. Our goal is to give them a way to support our mission while also leveraging our educational resources for use in their Employee Wellness Programs. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so there is still time to partner with us on your fall wellness programming.

About Leigh

Leigh never meant to start the Feel Your Boobies Foundation. In fact, she never thought much about breast cancer at all. Until she was 33, and was diagnosed with it. She felt the lump in her breast in the years prior to her diagnosis, but not through traditional self-breast exams, just through the course of her daily routine. During her annual exams, the lump went undetected by doctors until she pointed it out. Even then, the doctors felt it was nothing of concern.

But after two years, as a result of the proactive nature of her nurse practitioner, she was sent to get a mammogram. It was followed by an ultrasound and biopsy which eventually confirmed the lump to be Stage 1 breast cancer. Her experience made her realize that she never paid much attention to breast cancer messages. So she made a t-shirt for her friends that said "feel your boobies" ... just for fun. But after putting up a one-page website, soon orders were coming in from across the country from people she didn't know. And the Feel Your Boobies Foundation was born.

From a personal perspective, Leigh was unmarried and had no children at the time of diagnosis, and she wondered what the future would hold. After completing five years of Tamoxifen, at age 40 and 42, she gave birth to two healthy young boys (Eli and Leo). And in April 2017, Leigh celebrated 13 years of being cancer free.

In her professional life, Leigh has spent her career focusing on behavior change and the use of media. After leaving NYC to return to her Central Pennsylvania roots in 2003, her diagnosis led her to a path of breast cancer advocacy where her media expertise has been put to good use in spreading the "feel your boobies" message to young women.



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