To raise awareness of the services offered to cancer patients and also to show its commitment to fighting breast cancer, Glendale Adventist Medical Center holds a campaign during October every other year – the Army of Pink – to educate and engage the community to learn more about breast cancer prevention and treatment options.
Part of the campaign involves the community casting votes for the leader of the army. Vying this year were President, Southern California
Council, Seventh-day Adventist Elder Larry Caviness, City of Glendale Deputy Fire Chief Robert Doyle, City of Glendale Police Capt. Carl Povilaitis, City of Glendale Mayor Frank Quintero, president of the Armenian American Medical Society Vicken Sepilian, M.D. and GUSD Superintendent Richard Sheehan.
Each candidate campaigned during October, hoping to garner votes for the prestigious title that includes having the GAMC Cancer Center lobby named after him for the next two years and riding on the City of Glendale Tournament of Roses Parade float.
This year 80,000 votes were cast with Povilaitis capturing the most. The announcement was made on Thursday at the Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
While acknowledging that the campaign is a “spirited” event, GAMC President/CEO Kevin A. Roberts reminded attendees that the most important aspects of the campaign were that candidates went out into the community with messages of breast cancer awareness, reminding everyone of the importance of regular screening for early detection.