The first ever Blow Away Breast Cancer rally at La Porte Hospital will commemorate breast cancer awareness month in the community and serve to celebrate and honor those who have been affected by a breast cancer diagnosis. The event will take place at 1 p.m., Oct. 8 at La Porte Hospital, 1007 Lincolnway, La Porte, on the front lawn near the flagpole. In case of inclement weather, meet in the hospital’s main lobby. The ceremony will include comments from hospital officials and physicians, a flag raising ceremony, and “planting” of decorative pinwheels that symbolize the wind Blowing Away Breast Cancer. “During breast cancer awareness month in October, all of us at La Porte Hospital are holding our patients and their loved ones affected by breast cancer close to our hearts. This day is for them, and our caregivers who work so closely alongside them in their journey. We welcome the public to attend,” said Ashley Dickinson, CEO, La Porte Hospital. The creators of the Blow Away Breast Cancer event – from La Porte Hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center (an American College of Radiology Breast Center of Excellence) – hope that the breast cancer flag that waves throughout the month, and the pinwheels that blow in the wind, will create awareness about the importance of annual screening mammograms to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages, when it is curable or most treatable. For more information about women’s imaging services, visit