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Michel Sproles shared her story at Ochsner Pink Luncheon on Tuesday

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Michel and Darren Sproles attended the Ochsner Pink Luncheon where Michel shared her story with guests

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Ochsner Health System hosted a Pink Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 22 to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center. The Tansey Breast Center is the only one in New Orleans to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

The Audubon Tea Room was filled with guests that included members of the Ochsner Moonlight & Miracles Gala committee and survivors, most donning a shade of pink. Ochsner Health System CEO Warner Thomas and Tansey Breast Center physicians Ralph Corsetti, Dana Smetherman and Audra Bertinelli spoke to guests about a variety of topics ranging from genetics to advancements in radiology to prevention.

Two breast cancer survivors also shared their stories with guests, one being Michel Sproles, wife of New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles.

Michel was diagnosed with DCIS, also known as stage zero breast cancer in October 2012. The Ochsner Pink Luncheon was the first time that Michel spoke openly about her experience.

“This event means a lot to me,” Michel said. “Being a breast cancer survivor, of course it always feels good to help someone else and educate them about my experience. I have not spoken about it ever, at all. I kind of just wanted to deal with it myself and now I’m feeling confident and I’m able to speak about it. It just feels good to know that I can possibly help someone else and possibly save a life.”

Darren was by his wife’s side to show his support and to help raise the awareness for breast cancer. 

“We’ve really been blessed with Michel’s situation, that we caught it so fast,” Darren said. “I really thought it was good for her to really come out now and share it. To spread awareness if they have something pop up and they can go get it checked because she was so young and wasn’t thinking about it at the time.”

When the program concluded, Michel, Darren and Brittany Brees took time to mingle with guests, sign autographs and take pictures.

For more information on the Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center, visit here.

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