Hopi women give Breast Cancer the boot
KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - Women enrolled in the Hopi Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and their guests showed up for Girls Night Out (GNO), an event held yearly during breast cancer awareness month, for a night of education, food and fun on Oct. 24 in Kykotsmovi.
Girls Night Out is for women who receive breast and cervical screening services through the early detection program. The event is a reward for women for keeping their appointments to encourage continued diligence since early detection is the best protection. Each woman is allowed to bring one guest 12 years old or older-who are then encouraged to enroll in the screening program if they are at the recommended age for breast and cervical cancer screening.
The slogan for 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Month was "Give Breast Cancer the Boot." Attendees came wearing pink western attire. The women ate a meal sponsored by the Office of the Hopi Vice Chairman, Herman Honanie, Hopi Aging and Adult Services, Hopi Telecommunications Inc., Peabody Energy, Hopi Emergency Medical Services, Mobile On-Site Mammography and the Hopi Credit Association.
The Hopi Department of Health and Human Services sponsored a chocolate fountain and Anna Tahbo donated pink cupcakes for everyone. The Hopi Diabetes and Wellness program's Boot Skootin' Saloon was a hit during the night serving nutritious fruit drinks.
Lisa Lomavaya, mistress of ceremonies, kept the agenda lively. Lorencita Joshweseoma, director of the Hopi Department of Health and Human Services, presented the results and data from a behavioral risk factor surveillance survey completed recently through interviews with Hopi community members. Leila Help-Tulley, a 15-year breast cancer survivor, gave an inspiring message to the women. She is a training manager with the Navajo Nation Staff Development and Training Department in Window Rock, Ariz.
Sunny Dooley Story from Vanderwagon, N.M. brought laughter to the night with her story telling. Beatrice Norton, manager of the Community Health Representative Program, along with Kassondra Yaiva, diabetes program coordinator presented on Native women's roles that included a craft activity.
The Sunfire Band and Hank Moore Jr., who donated their services, enhanced the western theme of the evening with live music and the women line danced the night away.
The Hopi Breast and Cervical Cancer Program extends thanks to their collaborative partners the Hopi Community Health Representatives, Hopi Department of Health and Human Services, Hopi Diabetes and Fitness programs and the Hopi Nutrition Center for their valuable assistance and to all the volunteers who helped make 2013 Girls Night Out a spectacular event.