Monday, September 22, 2008 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . September 22, 2008 . . . Survivors of breast cancer will celebrate their own hard-won victories in the Turfway Park winner's circle Friday, September 26, joining Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear for Horses and Hope Day at the Races. Horses and Hope is an initiative developed by the First Lady and the Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP) to promote breast cancer education, awareness, and screening for employees of Kentucky's equine industry.
Survivors from all walks of life are invited to join Beshear at Turfway for a reception in the VIP Paddock Pavilion beginning at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge to participate but reservations are required and space is limited. Survivors wishing to participate must call (859) 647-4804 no later than Thursday, September 25.
Horses entered for the evening's second race will wear pink saddle cloths, and the First Lady will present a Horses and Hope trophy and blanket to the owner of the winning horse. After the third race, survivors will be invited to join the First Lady in the winner's circle for a commemorative photo.
Kentucky Cancer Registry research reveals that 2,800 to 3,200 women across Kentucky are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. The Horses and Hope website, www.horsesandhope.org, notes that many of the 80,000 workers employed in the state’s equine industry are uninsured or underinsured. An active horsewoman for nearly 30 years, Beshear combined her love for Kentucky’s signature industry and her respect for its employees to address those statistics through Horses and Hope.
Beshear previously was a member of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and currently serves as secretary of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. A competitive rider since 1996, she also serves on the United States Eventing Association Board of Governors and is a member of the Equestrian Events Inc. Board of Directors, which annually plans the prestigious Rolex 3-Day Event.
The Kentucky Cancer Program is a state-mandated cancer control program jointly administered by the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. Working through 12 regional offices throughout the state, KCP works to reduce cancer incidence and mortality by promoting and coordinating cancer education, research, and service programs. The program has collaborated with the Office of the First Lady to promote breast cancer initiatives for 15 years.