Serving Our People and Community Highlight / May 3, 2019
BrightSpring Health Services is extremely proud to celebrate Community Living Human Resources Manager Angie Castillo, who will walk in the 11th annual Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade on Friday, May 3 at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The parade will feature 145 breast and ovarian cancer survivors prior to the 145th running of the Kentucky Oaks horse race.
In January 2018, Angie received the scary news that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, the cancer was detected early during an annual mammogram and after surgery and radiation, Angie is now cancer-free. She is now a crusader for “Kick Cancer’s Butt,” and wears pink high-top tennis shoes to promote breast cancer awareness and the importance of annual mammograms. Angie has been known for giving her high-top pink sneakers right off her feet to fellow cancer warriors.
Unfortunately, Angie Castillo is no stranger to cancer, as her mother was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2014. Though the prognosis was grim when the cancer spread to her liver, thyroid and brain, Angie’s mother is miraculously cancer-free today.
The Kentucky Oaks – held each year on the day before the Kentucky Derby – is the fourth highest attended horse race in the United States, following the Triple Crown of racing: the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. It is also America’s premier and most lucrative race for 3-year old fillies (female horses). It is a $1 million stakes race and awards the winning filly a garland of lilies, appropriately named “lilies for the fillies.” Like the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks race is one of the longest continually held sporting events in American history, and one of the only horse races to take place at the original site of its inception. The race was established on May 19th, 1875. Aside from thunderous live horse racing, fans celebrate fashion and fundraising for critical women’s health issues. More than 300,000 people attend the weekend events every year.
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