FRANKFORT, Ky. (8/5/13) – To help promote breast cancer awareness and honor cancer survivors, First Lady Jane Beshear today attended Ellis Park’s Horses and Hope Race Day. The Horses and Hope program, created by Mrs. Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program, works with the state’s equine industry to provide breast cancer awareness and encourage early detection through screenings.
“Every year, breast cancer affects the lives of thousands of Kentuckians,” said Mrs. Beshear. “I appreciate Ellis Park’s ongoing support for survivors and the battle against breast cancer. With every Horses and Hope event that takes place, more Kentuckians gain an understanding of this pervasive disease and the importance of undergoing screenings.”
Many race-goers wore pink clothing in support of Horses and Hope and breast cancer awareness and the first 700 attendees received free t-shirts, compliments of the Kentucky Lottery.
The day featured a live bluegrass band, free Horses and Hope souvenirs for participants and an appearance and remarks by legendary female jockey and breast cancer survivor, Patricia (P.J.) Cooksey. Survivors participated in a “Parade of Pink” to the Winner’s Circle after the featured Horses and Hope race, and then posed for a special photo on the race track with Mrs. Beshear.
Since the program was founded in 2008, Horses and Hope has hosted breast cancer race days at major racetracks across Kentucky and has educated more than 500,000 race track and horse show fans. The program has screened more than 400 equine workers and detected breast cancer in two individuals, both of whom have received treatment.
For more information about Horses and Hope and upcoming events visit http://www.horsesandhope.org.
Information provided by the office of Gov. Steve Beshear
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