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Jennie Finch headlines Pink Ribbon Night in Le Mars

Friday, October 2, 2009

(Photo contributed) Olympic gold medal softball pitcher Jennie Finch will be the keynote speaker at Pink Ribbon Night Oct. 29 in Le Mars.
World champion softball pitcher Jennie Finch will be the keynote speaker at Floyd Valley Hospital's seventh annual "Pink Ribbon Night" Thursday, Oct 29, at the Le Mars Convention Center.

The event celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"This is the first year for a big name speaker," said Kari Daale, Community Health Education Assistant at Floyd Valley Hospital.

"We've sold 'Fight Like a Girl' T-shirts the last two years and the money raised is being used to bring Jennie Finch to Le Mars," Daale said.

Finch has family connections in northwest Iowa, including her grandmother who lives in Ireton.

"Breast cancer awareness is a cause near and dear to Finch's heart," Daale said.

After losing a friend to breast cancer and watching a relative win the battle, Finch has seen that breast cancer research has helped save lives.

When she appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice" with Donald Trump, Finch selected the International Breast Cancer Research as her charity.

Finch was the pitcher on the 2004 U.S. Olympic softball team that took the gold medal, and a member of the siler medal team at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China.

In her motivational speech, the softball diva will talk about the wins and losses of breast cancer and how it has affected her personally, according to Daale.

Finch will also speak at an afternoon event at the Le Mars Community Middle School Auditorium for middle and high school students, athletes, coaches and athletic directors.

The free event will highlight Finch's journey of playing softball and determination to follow her dreams. She will also demonstrate her pitching ability.

"You don't have to be an athlete to hear her story," said Daale. "She will share that by following your dreams and hard work, you can succeed at what you want to do."

Tickets for the evening program at the Le Mars Convention Center, with a meal by Timmy's Catering, are $30 per person or $250 for a table of eight.

"We'd really like to get a large crowd at the Pink Ribbon Night," Daale added.

Pink Passes can also be purchased for $50. A Pink Pass allows the purchaser a chance to meet and greet Jennie after the program to take pictures and obtain autographs.

"We only have a handful of Pink Passes left," said Daale.

Pre-registration is required by calling 546-3401 or 800-642-6074 ext. 401. Reservations and payments are appreciated by Oct. 22.

Daale encourages women to bring their friends, daughters, sisters and mothers to a fun-filled evening while learning the importance of early detection.

Dr. Paul Parmelee Medical Associates of Floyd Valley Hospital, will also speak and promote the importance of early detection of breast cancer through regular mammograms during the evening program.

Throughout October -- Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- people wear a pink ribbon to honor survivors, remember those lost to the disease, and to support the search for a cure. The pink ribbon lapel pin has become a symbol to increase awareness about breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, other than skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer, according to information from Floyd Valley Hospital.

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