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UPHA Pink Ribbon Brings Mobile Mammography to Louisville

A combined effort between two equine-based organizations that raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer has resulted in mobile mammography being on site at the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show.

The UPHA Pink Ribbon Program, a program of the United Professional Horsemen’s Association, and Horses And Hope, a program of the Kentucky Cancer Program led by Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear, will be trolling the barns and stalls to inform women about the risks of breast cancer and the importance of mammography. "Those who wish to have mammography screening while at the World’s Championship Horse Show may do so, thanks to a generous gift from UPHA," said Jane Beshear. "Working together, we hope to reach women in the equine industry who may not have access to this potentially life-saving service."

UPHA President James Nichols, of Metarie, La., said, "Our UPHA Pink Ribbon Program has collected almost $200,000 since its start. We are distributing those funds – which have been raised by horse shows -- to breast cancer organizations across the United States where they may be used to raise awareness, educate about early detection, and help to fund the cures for breast cancer.

"We are honored to work with the First Lady’s Horses And Hope program at a horse show where we can reach so many horsewomen," Nichols said.

The alliance came about with the UPHA Pink Ribbon Program’s recent donation of $10,000 to Horses And Hope, which enabled the mobile mammography unit to be present on Thursday, August 26, during the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show. Horses And Hope will also share information from a booth located in the North Wing Exhibit Hall and be present in Freedom Hall’s center ring with the winner of the Ladies Roadster To Bike class on Thursday evening.

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