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'Fight Like a Girl' breakfast will offer education on breast cancer

LAWRENCEVILLE — Kimberly Hutcherson wants all women out there to know that, when it comes to breast cancer, early detection is the key — and if you’re faced with the disease, you have to fight. Like a girl.

Dr. Hutcherson, a radiologist at Gwinnett Medical Center and a survivor herself, will be one of the speakers at Friday’s breast health awareness breakfast hosted by GMC.

If You Go

• What: In the Battle Against Breast Cancer, Fight Like A Girl: An Educational Breakfast

• When: 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Friday

• Where: Gwinnett Technical College, 700 building

• To RSVP: Visit www.gmc-rsvp.org or call 678-312-3452

The befitting title of the breakfast seminar? In the Battle Against Breast Cancer, Fight Like a Girl.

“I think it’s a great slogan, to fight like a girl,” Hutcherson said. “If you fight like a girl, it just means you’re going to stand up, become strong and work your way through the process. We’re going to fight this disease head on.”

Hutcherson, who spends her time at work diagnosing other women, discovered her own breast cancer in February 2007.

As part of a panel of breast health experts Friday, she will be helping educate local women on the importance of regular mammograms and self-examination.

“I’m going to tell them my story and encourage them to get the message out to continue with your yearly mammograms, understand your own body,” Hutcherson said. “I understood my body and knew something wasn’t right. Hopefully they understand that message, that early detection is the key to all of this.”

The free event will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Gwinnett Technical College’s Busbee Building. GMC healthcare professionals will also be present to provide breast health resources.

For more information or to RSVP, visit www.gmc-rsvp.org or call 678-312-3452.