LEXINGTON, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today attended Keeneland’s Sixth-Annual “Horses and Hope Breast Cancer Race Day” as part of her continued efforts to raise breast cancer awareness and honor breast cancer survivors.

“Breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Kentucky women,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Early detection is still the key to fighting this disease and race days, such as today’s event, are an exceptional way to inform Kentuckians about the risks of breast cancer and encourage women to get screened. Thank you to Keeneland for its partnership with Horses and Hope as we continue to support survivors and increase awareness across the Commonwealth.”

Today’s festivities included a luncheon in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion and a fashion show presented by Emrby’s and the Keeneland Gift Shop. Local television personality and advocate for breast cancer awareness, Amber Philpot, joined Mrs. Beshear to host the event. And as in past years, the day featured a special Horses & Hope Race and survivors joined Mrs. Beshear for commemorative photo of the occasion.

The Horses and Hope program was founded by Mrs. Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program in 2008. The organization works with the state’s equine industry to provide breast cancer education, screening and treatment referral. They also host special events in collaboration with equestrian organizations to honor breast cancer survivors and to share information.

Since 2008, Horses and Hope has hosted breast cancer race days at major racetracks across the state and has educated more than 500,000 race track and horse show fans and around 6,000 equine employees. The program has screened more than 400 workers and detected breast cancer in two individuals, both of whom have received treatment.

For more information about Horses and Hope and future events, please visit http://www.horsesandhope.org.




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