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Out & About: Excela Brush of Hope mixes painting, education

Shirley McMarlin

When Dana Rizzo went through breast cancer treatment at Excela Health during 2013, she had no idea that she’d end up as the television and radio voice of the health care system. But a year later, there she was.

The New Alexandria voice-over artist told her story during Excela’s Brush of Hope: Second Coat breast cancer awareness and painting event, held Oct. 29 at Greensburg Country Club.

A sellout crowd of 250 also learned the technical side of treatment from members of Excela’s breast care team, including doctors Sharon Goldstein, Becky Hwang and Amy Kreutel and registered nurses Sheila Farina and Carrie Horner.

Following a “What Do You Know About Mammo?” quiz, women who hadn’t had a recent mammogram were encouraged to schedule one soon.

In between presentations, attendees were guided through the process of creating watercolor pumpkins, suitable for framing and displaying for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Excela even supplied the frames — along with heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine in a complimentary glass, door prizes and basket raffle opportunities.

Last year’s inaugural event was so successful, said Dr. Carol Fox, Excela’s chief medical officer, that this year’s edition included the Oct. 29 public session and an employees-only session the following evening.

“That’s nearly 500 women making their health and well-being a priority during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” she told the crowd, many of whom wore the month’s signature pink.

Proceeds will benefit state-of-the-art technology to advance Excela’s breast care programs.

Seen: Alicia Gribbin, Hannah Jahnke, Yvonne Hall, Carlotta Paige, Samantha Gouldner, Jamie Varsafsky, Angela Thomas, Lucille Varsafsky, Jacki Maxson, Sherri Gewax, Elaine Maxson, Glenda Pochciol, Linda Czekanski, Barbara Anderson, Michelle Meisner, Cheryl Kubasky, Karen Hudec, Darlene Nagrosky, Sara Tyler, LaRue Gray, Rachel Pisarek, Christie Smouse, Shirley Exline, Connie Yelinek, Mimi Booker and Michaelene McWhinney.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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(From left) Ann Nescot of Jeannette, Heather Rosky of Herminie and Elaine Taylor of Elizabeth with their finished paintings at Excela Health’s Brush of Hope: Second Coat painting and breast cancer education event, Oct. 29 at Greensburg Country Club.
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Guests raise their finished paintings during Excela Health’s Brush of Hope: Second Coat painting party on Oct. 29 at Greensburg Country Club.
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Breast cancer survivor Dana Rizzo of New Alexandria (center) with Sherry Gaston, Excela Health vice president, ambulatory and diagnostic services, and Dr. Carol Fox, Excela Health associate chief medical officer and director of medical education, at Excela’s Brush of Hope: Second Coat, Oct. 29 at Greensburg Country Club.
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Excela Health breast imaging radiologists Dr. Amy Kreutel (left) and Dr. Becky Hwang at Excela’s Brush of Hope: Second Coat, Oct. 29 at Greensburg Country Club.
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Excela Health breast surgeon Dr. Sharon Goldstein (center) with nurse navigators Carrie Horner and Sheila Farina at Excela’s Brush of Hope: Second Coat, Oct. 29 at Greensburg Country Clu.
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(From left) Excela Health director of imaging Judy Raishart, lead mammographer Cindy Clair and director for quality Denise Addis at Excela’s Brush of Hope: Second Coat, Oct. 29 at Greensburg Country Club.
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Pat McCallen (left) and Cheri Belsick, both of Latrobe, create watercolor pumpkins at Excela Health’s Brush of Hope: Second Coat painting party, Oct. 29 at Greensburg Country Club.
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