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Welcome to Brave Hearts, the Daily Journal’s annual salute to cancer survivors. The following profiles are filled with the stories of your friends and neighbors. They don’t have all that much in common, except that they’ve all heard the words: “You have cancer.” They’ve all gone through the disbelief, shock, fear and, maybe, acceptance. But they also have something else in common — an uncommon spirit that drives them to stand up to cancer, to fight back, to persevere. We hope they inspire you as they’ve inspired us.


Breast cancer support groups

The following hospitals, nonprofit agencies and businesses offer breast cancer support and activities to patients, survivors, their loved ones and caregivers.

Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis

What: Support group

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays

Where: St. Francis Health Cancer Center, 8111 S. Emerson Ave., Indianapolis

Cost: Free to patients and their caregivers

To register: 257-1505

What: Mammothon

When: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 12. Mammograms are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling 855-837-8830.

Where: St. Francis Health Cancer Center, 8111 S. Emerson Ave., Indianapolis

About: The hospital is hosting an awareness event to get women screened. Women who schedule a mammogram will get a free gift. Free bone density, heart screenings, massages and skin care demonstrations will also be a part of the event.

Price: Most major insurances are accepted. To get financial assistance for a mammogram, call 325-5595.

Little Red Door Cancer Agency

What: Free mammograms.

When: Call 925-5595 to set up an appointment. The agency has partnerships with area hospitals and clinics. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Johnson Memorial Hospital

What: Cancer support group

When: 5:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. A light meal is provided.

Where: Cancer Care Center in outpatient building, 1159 W. Jefferson St., Suite 102, Franklin

Information: Amy Gibson, 736-3346

CJ’s Consignments

What: The shop will host the second bra-decorating contest.

When: Decorated bras can be submitted to CJ’s Consignments from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 through 6. Bras will be displayed at the shop through most of October.

Where: Entry forms can be picked up at CJ’s Consignments, 219 W. Jefferson St., Franklin.

Price: Registration is $5. Votes for the best bra displayed at the shop will be $1 each or six votes for $5.

Why: All proceeds will go to Women’s Health Services for uninsured patients of Windrose Health Network.

Community Hospital South

What: Breast cancer support group

When: 6 to 8 p.m., second Thursday of each month

Where: Community Breast Care South, 533 E. County Line Road, Suite 101, Greenwood

Dinner/snacks: Bring your favorite dish to share with the group

Meeting dates and topics:

Nov. 1 — Ask The Doctors Medical Panel: Dr. Erin Zusan, breast surgeon; Dr. Hemachandra Venkatesh, medical oncologist; Dr. Eugene Hsiao, plastic surgery; and Dr. Darrel Ross, radiation oncologist

Nov. 29 — Pink elephant exchange, holiday pitch-in, Fannie May Candy talk with Mary Morris, breast cancer survivor and manager.

Information: Sharon Bronnenberg, 887-7332; or Lou Ann Vaughn, 497-6938

St. Thomas Clinic

What: Free mammograms

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18

Where:St. Thomas Clinic, Paul Hand Blvd, Franklin.

Register: Call 535-6057 or sign up at Don and Dona’s Restaurant, 18 E. Jefferson St., Franklin.

Franklin College

What: Zeta Tau Alpha’s Big Man on Campus

When:7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Franklin College, 101 Branigin Blvd.

Info:Big Man On Campus is a male pageant, where male students are judged on formal wear, theme wear, “Think Pink,” spirit, talent and impromptu. Contestants also must raise money for breast cancer awareness and education.

Think Pink Celebrate

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Holiday Inn Express, 12225 N. executive Drive, Edinburgh.

Price: $20 a person

Info: A Longaberger basket consultant will host the silent auctions, door prizes, public displays and other activities. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society awareness programs and a local mammogram assistance program.

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