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Reading Hospital in national competition to raise money for breast cancer awareness

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:13:27 PM CST
Updated On: Oct 31 2013 07:51:54 PM CDT

It's raising money for breast cancer awareness

WEST READING, Pa. -

Be brave. That is the message staff members at Reading Hospital are trying to send during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Almost 300 staff members from 18 different departments entered a video into a national competition to raise money for a Berks County breast cancer non-profit organization.

"To see all of those people out front of the hospital that were interested in the same cause was great. To see how many survivors we had was amazing," said Reading Hospital RN Deanna Reber.

The staff spent five days filming the video, all with the goal of entering it into a national contest and raising money for the Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County.

"There is not enough research. There is not enough anything really. So we wanted to have a way to involve our community and have a way to promote breast cancer awareness," said Reading Hospital RN Samantha Bailey.

Staff members in black shirts are supporters and those in pink are survivors or those who are currently fighting the disease.

"If you have breast cancer keep fighting. If you do not have cancer or have a strong family history of it, then you really need to make sure you get tested," said Bailey.

They have been gathering votes the whole month of October. And if they make it to first place, they win $25,000.

"Just keep voting," said Bailey.

The deadline for voting is November 8.