Muscogee Nation hosts Pink Party to educate women on breast cancer awareness

TULSA, Okla. — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Muscogee Nation wants to educate women on the importance of taking control of their health and early detection.

On Tuesday, they hosted the 20th Anniversary Pink Party at River Spirit Casino Ballroom.

Elizabeth Deere is a breast cancer survivor.

The Muscogee Nation Department of Health Pink Party has become part of her life.

Deere is celebrating 10 years cancer-free.

She said it’s the support she gets and the encouragement she gives that brings her back to the Pink Party year after year.

“You get to hear other peoples’ stories and you can share your story too with them, kind of encourage them and help lift them up,” Deere said.

“It’s really good you have supporters out there and programs,” she said.

Deere is helping others to fight the battle.

“Some are of them are scared you know, but you can get through it. Also, with your faith,” Deere said

Deere underwent treatment, including radiation, until she defeated her cancer.

“I was scared, you know, but now it’s all over, and I go back every year. I went back in August, and I’m all good. I’m still good,” Deere said.

Director Of Radiology at the Muscogee Nation Department of Health Sunny Hammer said education and prevention are key.

“We want our ladies, and even men, if they are high risk to get your mammogram by 40. We go by all of the American Cancer Society guidelines. At 40, you need to have your first one. Then, you need to have it every year,” Hammer said.