Monday, September 20, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 20, 2010 – Turfway Park will welcome true champions to the winner's circle on Friday, Sept. 24, when breast cancer survivors gather to celebrate life at the third annual Horses and Hope reception.
Horses and Hope is an initiative developed by Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program to promote breast cancer education, awareness, and screening to employees of Kentucky's equine industry.
The reception tent at Turfway opens at 5:30pm. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are requested; remaining space is limited. Those wishing to attend should contact Kathy Rack of the Northern Kentucky District of the Kentucky Cancer Program at (859) 442-3525.
The fillies and mares entered for the evening’s sixth race will wear pink saddle cloths, and former Kentucky First Lady Judi Patton will present the special Horses and Hope trophy to the winning owner. After the seventh race, survivors will gather in the winner's circle for a commemorative group photo.
New to the event this year is a special appearance by the Kentucky Thorough-Breasts, Kentucky's first dragon boat racing team whose members are breast cancer survivors and supporters. Racing under the tagline "Fillies for a Cure," the Kentucky Thorough-Breasts are an affiliate of Paddling for Cancer Awareness, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to breast cancer awareness.
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 17 years.