Blue Mountain Health System, Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton hospitals, will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month in October by offering two events to the community and employees.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is dedicated to increasing awareness of breast cancer issues, especially the importance of early detection.

The eighth annual Ladies Night Out lecture and dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall, E. 10th Street, Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 4 p.m. A complimentary dinner will accompany a motivational talk. Door prizes and giveaways are included.

In addition to Ladies Night Out, BMHS will again offer the Breast Cancer Awareness Marketplace at the Lehighton and Palmerton campuses. The concept is borrowed from the annual Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Conference in Harrisburg.

On the day of the conference, tables called "Positive Booths" will be set up throughout hallways with people from various organizations and businesses sharing information and services and selling a variety of wares dedicated to the concept of feminine "indulgence and pampering."

It is in this spirit that everyone is invited to participate in the fourth Breast Cancer Awareness Marketplace.

Undergoing treatment for breast cancer can have a significant impact on how a woman looks and feels, and it is believed that little things can make a difference to promote feelings of relaxation, rejuvenation and well-being.

Display tables are free for participating vendors.

Awareness events unite individuals and organizations around the world to focus on the goal of promoting breast cancer awareness and education. The hope is that Ladies Night Out and Marketplace programs will help people find inspiration to spread the messages of awareness to every woman that "Every day is a day to be aware!"

For information about the marketplace or to register for the dinner, call Mary Lou McGeehan at (610) 377-7070. To show support for the lives that have been impacted by breast cancer, wear pink at the Marketplace.