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Power of Pink


Power of Pink! is an educational forum which raises awareness about women and breast cancer in a fun and inspirational atmosphere. The Power of Pink! Luncheon, began nearly three decades ago as the Jan Moore Memorial Lecture. Ms. Moore lost her battle to breast cancer in 1993, but her courage and determination won the hearts of her friends, family, and hospital leaders. As a result those who knew her best wanted to help inform others about breast cancer. What began as a handful of women discussing breast cancer over sack lunches in the hall of CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial has grown to a luncheon that caters to more than 1200 women in Deep East Texas.

This year’s events will be:

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Polk County Commerce Center

    Thursday, October 15, 2020
    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Pitser Garrison Convention Center

Power of Pink! is presented by CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial in partnership with Temple Cancer Center where Dr. Sid Roberts is the Medical Director. The event features both hilarious and heartwarming moments that entertain, inspire and provide educational awareness.

Art Bra Contest

As one of the much anticipated portions of the event, the 12th Annual Art Bra Exhibit will showcase extravagant bras as various members of the community “walk the runway” modeling these uniquely creative designs. A delicious lunch, door prizes and raffle prizes are also part of the annual luncheons.


Merlyna Mathieu Valentine is a national speaker, author, consultant, trainer, and owner of Merlyna Valentine Consulting, LLC. As a well-respected educator for over thirty years, Ms. Valentine served as a teacher, principal, and executive director in a highly successful school district. Her transformational leadership as a school principal resulted in her school’s recognition as a “Top Gains” school. She received numerous awards and commendations such as teacher of the year, principal of the year, and was chosen as the University of New Orleans College of Education and Human Development Alumna of the Year.

Ms. Valentine was featured in several news segments and articles including a spotlight in Ebony Magazine. Internationally distinguished presenter, Dr. Harry K. Wong, showcased her school and leadership in an article on his website and invited Merlyna to present with him. In honor of her story of survival, courage, and hope, Ms. Valentine’s story was featured on the Today Show.

Against overwhelming odds, Ms. Valentine overcame a medical tragedy. Her life was forever changed in 2007 as she was given a less than 10% chance of surviving sepsis. Instead of focusing on what happened and what’s missing from life, she chooses to embrace this new path with a positive attitude. She accepts no excuses and models this in her daily life. Ms. Valentine is living proof that ordinary people do extraordinary things every day.


2019 Power of Pink! Event Video

Power of Pink

Temple Cancer Center

Some of the top experts in the field and the most advanced technology for cancer treatment are close to home at the Temple Cancer Center. Located on the CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial campus in Lufkin, the Temple Cancer Center is recognized for clinical excellence by the American College of Surgeons. Meet our Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Sid Roberts.

This facility offers a full complement of radiation oncology services including:

  • Intensity Modulated Radioactive Treatment (IMRT) and Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT)
  • Elekta Infinity Linear Accelerator with Agility Multi-leaf Collimator which precisely treats cancer utilizing finely focused radiation beams
  • PET/CT scanner for detecting cancer in the body and for treatment planning
  • Fusing of PET/CT and MRI images for treatment planning
  • Treatment planning capabilities using advanced Monaco and Anatom-e computer systems
  • Low dose rate brachytherapy program using radiation sources internally to treat cancer
  • Large Bore CT-based simulation and dedicated departmental digital simulator
  • Access to on-going clinical trials and new treatment options

The Temple Cancer Center prides itself on treating the whole patient, not just the disease, by providing education on radiation therapy, nutrition, and the psycho-social aspects of having cancer.

Learn more about the services at The Temple Cancer Center by speaking with a member of our care team at 936-639-7468.

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States. However, screenings save lives. It is proven that cure rates for lung cancer increase significantly when detected early.

CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial offers a low-dose CT lung cancer screening for longtime smokers who have a higher risk for the disease.

To determine if you have a high risk of developing lung cancer, answer these three questions:

  • Are you between the age of 55 and 77?
  • Are you a current smoker or have you quit within the last 15 years?
  • Do you have a cigarette smoking history of at least 1 pack per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years?

If the answer is yes to all three questions, then you might benefit from a lung cancer screening. The screening is covered by Medicare, and a referral must come from your primary care physician.

Of course, the best way to lower your chances of lung cancer is to quit smoking. Talk to your doctor. If you have any questions, call the Temple Cancer Center at 936-639-7468.


More Detailed. More Accurate.

Our most advanced 3D Mammography technology

  • Detects 41% more invasive breast cancers
  • Detects 29% more of all breast cancers
  • Decreases the number of women recalled for additional imaging by up to 40%

Call to schedule your mammogram today.

Lufkin  936-639-7374, option 1

Livingston  936-329-8570

San Augustine  936-275-3446

Publish Date: 
Saturday, June 27, 2020