Students get involved in breast education

Jupiter High Student Recruits Father to Speak to Students about Breast Health.

Alexa Rimmer and father John A. P. Rimmer, M. D., presenting a check to the President of the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation for the Kristin Hoke Breast Health Program at Jupiter Medical Center.

For her senior class project, second vice president of student government Alexa Rimmer invited her father Dr. John A. P. Rimmer to speak to more than 300 young women who are seniors at Jupiter High School about breast diagnostic testing.

Dr. Rimmer focused on the place of genetic risk, family history, the BRCA gene and the value of early testing in his presentation. Amy Shaman, a breast cancer Previvor, also spoke to students about breast health and testing.  Information was made available to students about the full range of diagnostic testing available at the Margaret W, Niedland Breast Center at Jupiter Medical Center.

Alexa Rimmer recruited a small committee of students to help plan the event.
Following the presentation, she and her fellow students held a bake sale to benefit the Kristin Hoke Breast Health Program at Jupiter Medical Center.

“The students learned a lot from my dad’s talk,” says Rimmer. “Now we realize the importance of getting tested, and we wanted to do something special to help. A lot of girls misunderstand their risk factors and are just uninformed. They need to be educated. I know there are lots of resources at JMC, and I wanted my dad to tell students these are available.”
To conclude Alexa’s community service project, more than 100 Jupiter High School students participated in the Komen Race for a Cure on Jan. 20. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center’s breast care services, call 561-575-2000. The Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center is located at 1025 Military Trail, Suite 200 in Jupiter.

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