Legacy in the News: BRAVE Day on the Pink Carpet

The Oregonian

March 10, 2014

Tualatin’s Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center is hosting a fashion show on March 20, but these won’t be your typical models – they’re breast cancer survivors.

Dubbed “BRAVE Day on the Pink Carpet,” the show is the hospital’s way to “provide education and resources to women who are currently dealing with treatment and how they want to move forward,” said Ashley Stanford Cone, who does public relations for the hospital.

Dr. Nathalie Johnson, a breast surgeon and medical director at the Legacy Cancer Institute, will give a keynote presentation called “Finding Your Voice.” There will also be refreshments, raffle prizes and other entertainment. The event is being held one day before “BRAVE,” or Breast Restoration Advocacy Education, Day on March 21. Dr. Allen Gabriel, of Vancouver, Wash., started BRAVE Day to help inform breast cancer patients of their rights.

Julie Goodwin, the hospital’s director of clinical and support services, planned the event and will be one of the stars of the fashion show, as a breast cancer survivor herself. She said she found a lump during a self-exam when she was 45 and stressed the importance of educating women about testing, treatment and patients’ rights.

“There’s so much they don’t know about breast cancer that they need to know,” Goodwin said, adding that it’s becoming increasingly common for younger women to be diagnosed.

The event will bfrom Nathalie Johnson, M.D., breast surgeon and medical director, Legacy Breast Health Centers and Legacy Cancer Institutee held at the hospital and runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 20.

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