The Norton Cancer Institute and Churchill Downs announced earlier today a charitable partnership between the two that would raise funds used towards providing care for women in the community in need of breast health screenings and services who lack access to such services.

Statistics show that one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer so this partnership will be a valuable resource. The Norton Cancer Institute will provide health programs, diagnosis and treatment resources, support groups, testing services, clinical trials, and community screenings.

The campaign will be launched with 143 breast and ovarian cancer survivors marking in a parade at Churchill Downs before the start of the 143rd annual Longines Kentucky Oaks. Parade march nominations can be made online. The nomination process will close at 11:49 PM EST on March 17.

The new partnership and parade will be a part of the Oaks Day Pink Out celebration. Churchill Downs has committed to donate $50,000 to the Norton Cancer Institute’s Breast Health Program as part of Pink Out.

“The caregivers at Norton Cancer Institute are all about giving hope to people fighting cancer,” said Norton Healthcare Senior VP of Women’s and Children’s Community Partnerships/Chief Development Officer Lynnie Meyer, Ed.D, R.N., CFRE. “The Kentucky Oaks Survivor’s Parade celebrates the hope that every cancer patient has – no matter their stage of treatment. We’re honored to be a part of this year’s event.”

“We’re excited to partner with such an important local organization to help raise funds that will go directly back into our local community,” said Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation President Lauren DePaso. “These are critical health issues that have impacted many of us at Churchill Downs and our community and we are proud to support them on Oaks Day through our partnership with Norton Cancer Institute.”

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