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May 4, 2011

Rainiers Dedicate May 8 Game To Carol Milgard Breast Center

In addition to playing baseball on Sunday, May 8, the Tacoma Rainiers will go to bat for the Carol Milgard Breast Center and the importance of annual screening mammograms for women.

The Mothers’ Day event at Cheney Stadium is billed as "Pink at the Park." The 1:30 p.m. game against Las Vegas will feature Rainiers players wearing pink jerseys that will be autographed and auctioned off post-game, with proceeds benefiting the Carol Milgard Breast Center in Tacoma.

Also, the ballpark audience will see the world premiere of heartfelt testimonials from patients of the breast center and its many programs. Additionally, the Circle of Hope that kicks off the game-day activities will spotlight courageous women who have beaten breast cancer. Many of them will be wearing pink and will encircle the pitcher’s mound.

A goal of the special event is to raise awareness about the importance of annual screening mammograms for women who are 40 and older.

"Yearly mammograms are recommended by the American Cancer Society and the Carol Milgard Breast Center for all women beginning at age 40 and beyond as long as a woman is in good health," said Khai Tran, MD, medical director of the Carol Milgard Breast Center. "The center is able to fulfill its important mission of providing Tacoma’s underserved women comprehensive breast health services through generous philanthropic donations and our many partners’ contributions."

"The Rainiers ‘Pink at the Park’ is a perfect community event to elevate awareness of the importance of annual screening mammograms and raise the needed funding to support mammography for underserved women," said Jacquelyn Ostrom, executive director of the Carol Milgard Breast Center. "Representatives of the county health department’s Breast, Colon and Cervical Health Program will also be available at the game to enroll women for funding so that financial ability is not a barrier to obtaining a screening mammogram."

Early detection of breast cancer with screening mammography means that treatment can be started earlier in the course of the disease, possibly before it has spread, according to the National Cancer Institute. Results from randomized clinical trials and other studies show that screening mammography can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women ages 40 to 74, especially for those over age 50.

The Carol Milgard Breast Center, located at 4525 S. 19th St., is a collaborative, state-of-the-art facility and program founded by the Franciscan Health System, MultiCare Health System and TRA Medical Imaging. The center, which opened in February 2009, provides high quality, full service screening mammograms and diagnostic services. Learn more online: www.carolmilgardbreastcenter.org

For game tickets, call (800) 745-3000 or visit www.tacomarainiers.com. For other information about the Tacoma Rainiers, call 253-752-7707

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