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October 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 4


Jupiter Medical Center Commemorates Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its Third Annual Pink Chair Project

Campaign Celebrates Local Breast Cancer Survivors and Highlights The Inspiration for Their Journey
October 15, 2020 - Jupiter Medical Center and The Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center are commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its third annual “Pink Chair Project,” a campaign to that honors breast cancer patients and survivors and raises awareness about breast health during the month of October.
Celebrating its third year, the project features chairs decorated by local breast cancer survivors and patients whose designs reflect the inspiration that helped them navigate through their diagnosis and treatment. Now through the end of the month, the chairs will be on display at businesses in The Gardens Mall and surrounding Jupiter communities throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each chair is as unique as the designer and is accompanied by a display that explains the origins of each survivors inspiration and encourages men and women to schedule their mammograms regularly. 
“Each year, far too many people and their families are affected by breast cancer and we must do more to educate people about the importance of getting mammograms for early detection,” said Dr. Amit Rastogi, president and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “We are proud to support such an important and personal campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month through our Pink Chair Project and bring more awareness to the community about these incredible survivor stories.”
With one in eight women estimated to develop breast cancer each year, the Pink Chair Project aims to raise awareness of the importance of diagnostic screening, with the goal of early diagnosis and treatment to save lives. Many of the participants’ stories stress this message, with many attributing their survival story based on catching their cancer at its earliest stage and encouraging women to get their mammograms and other diagnostic tests annually.
Although its rare, about one percent of all breast cancer cases in the U.S. occur in men according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Local Jupiter resident Gerard Korczynski is one of this year’s breast cancer survivor success stories who had a right breast mastectomy and five lymph nodes removed at Jupiter Medical Center this past January. In partnership with Jupiter Medical Center and the Niedland Breast Center, Mr. Korczynski is helping educate our community about early signs of breast cancer in men. 
A lifelong outdoorsman, Korczynski explains the inspiration for the design of his chair, which can be found at Park Avenue BBQ in The Gardens Mall. “I have always loved hunting and fishing; they are simple pleasures. You try your best, hope for the best. Some days you catch something and some days you don’t. But I’m always thankful for the outdoors, the sun and the sky and being alive. My chair, as you can see, reflects my love of hunting and fishing. My family helped decorate the chair which is a reflection of their love and support for me for which I am always grateful for!”
This year’s Pink Chair Project also spotlights the inspiring success story of mother and daughter Dena and Irene, breast cancer survivors who were both diagnosed less than a month apart. They used humor as the inspiration for their chair design: “Our family uses humor to get through difficult situations. We have both been very open with family and friends about our diagnoses as well as keeping everyone updated on our journeys through social media in a humorous and positive way. Laughing about our challenges and poking fun at the odd things our bodies are going through has helped others feel more comfortable talking about what’s happening. When others can have a giggle, too, it really helps keep us moving forward with a positive attitude!”
Both Dena and Irene are artists and chose to incorporate their infectious sense of humor and artistic style to create their chair themed, ‘Save the Boobies,’ which was designed as a play on words around the Blue-Footed Booby birds. 
With a reputation of being “like no Breast Center you’ve ever seen,” The Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center is a state-of-the-art facility housing the most advanced and sophisticated imaging and diagnostic equipment, and has met the high standards of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and carries the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence seal from the American College of Radiology.
All of the participants in the Pink Chair Project are patients of Jupiter Medical Center Comprehensive Breast Care Program. The program provides clinical excellence with compassionate care through a team approach the ensure the needs of all patients and caregivers are met on a personal level. The program offers state-of-the-art 3-D mammography, same-day results and follow-up imaging, a patient navigation team, high risk screening, genetic counseling and testing in a multidisciplinary clinic.  The program also offers clinical trials, innovative reconstruct surgery techniques, radiation therapy, outpatient chemotherapy, along with support services and a survivorship program. For more information or to schedule a mammogram, call 561-263-4414 or visit
About Jupiter Medical Center
Rated number one for safety, quality and patient satisfaction, Jupiter Medical Center is the leading destination for world-class health care in Palm Beach County and across the Treasure Coast region. Recognized as the region’s only independent, not-for-profit hospital, Jupiter Medical Center offers a comprehensive continuum of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services, expertise and specialties, including orthopedics and spine care, cancer care, cardiac and vascular care, comprehensive stroke, obstetrics & maternity care, pediatrics, emergency care as well as diagnostic imaging, screening, testing and urgent care. For more information about Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit
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