Wednesday, October 03, 2012 - Broward Health Ready to Strut its Stuff at MAMMOPALOOZA


Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – What’s five feet tall, has a four-foot heel and is glamming up Broward Health hospitals?  The Stiletto Strut, of course!

A series of custom-designed artworks created by local artisans, the Stiletto Strut is an artistic venture that pays tribute to all those affected by breast cancer and is on display at each Broward Health hospital throughout MAMMOPALOOZA, which runs Oct. 1-31.

The idea of the Stiletto Strut came from Broward Health’s partnership with Glam-A-THON.  Tammy Gail, executive director of Glam-A-Thon, approached Broward Health about tying together her premier event, the Glam Doll Strut, with Broward Health’s MAMMOPALOOZA by exhibiting acrylic shoes that have previously been used as Glam Doll Strut displays.  Broward Health executives loved the idea, especially because the stilettos would add a fun, artistic flavor to MAMMOPALOOZA events.

Glam-A-THON and Broward Health put out a call to local artists, and after much deliberation, four were chosen to customize the five stilettos. The selected artist proposals were excellent representations of all that MAMMOPALOOZA represents and skillfully incorporated references to Glam-A-THON. 

The Stiletto Strut will also be on display at Glam Doll Strut on Saturday, Oct. 13, weather permitting.

Meet the Artists - then Vote for your Favorite at!
Michelle Morse
On display at Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Coral Springs
Morse, a resident of Coral Springs, Fla., is a muralist, illustrator and owner of Morse Arts & Crafts.  Selected to create two stilettos, her designs incorporate breast cancer awareness with South Florida living.  Morse lost her mother-in-law to breast cancer and is currently supporting her best friend as she fights breast cancer. For more information about Morse, visit

Morse's shoe at Broward Health Coral Springs

Morse's shoe at Broward Health Medical Center

Judy Polstra
On display at Broward Health North
Judy Polstra, a resident of Plantation, Fla., was chosen due to the airy and uplifting quality of her proposal, which she is calling the “Puffy Shoe.”  She is a self-taught artist who is inspired by surrealism and pop-culture.  Her goal is to engage the viewer’s imagination.  For more information about Polstra, visit

Polstra's shoe at Broward Health North






Michael Colanero 
On display at Broward Health Imperial Point
For the past three years, Colanero, a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been working on the Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project: A Fine Art and Photography Essay of Survivors.  His stiletto incorporates images of 22 breast cancer survivors, cut into strips and wrapped around the surface of the shoe. For more information about Colanero, visit

Colanero's shoe at Broward Health Imperial Point


 Steven Sylvester
On display at Broward Health Weston
Sylvester, a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had a unique vision for his stiletto.  The peacock is a festive design that will be highlighted with ceramics, glass beads, feathers, fabric, paint and more.  Sylvester has worked on numerous public and private commissions.  For more information about Sylvester, visit

Sylvester's shoe at Broward Health Weston

Every year more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, but early detection saves lives.  To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, each October Broward Health offers MAMMOPALOOZA, a fun, frilly, girl-themed event that provides extended opportunities for mammograms at all Broward Health hospitals. 

Broward Health is hosting the fourth annual MAMMOPALOOZA from Oct. 1-31.  MAMMOPALOOZA appointments include a mammography screening and review by North Broward Radiologists. Weekend and evening hours are available, and most insurance is accepted. Self-pay is $115 by cash or credit card. For more information about MAMMOPALOOZA, upcoming special events or to schedule a mammogram, call (954) 759-7500 or visit  

Broward Health Locations:

Lillian S. Wells Women’s Health Center
Broward Health Medical Center
1600 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(954) 355-4400

Women’s Diagnostic and Wellness Center
Broward Health Coral Springs
3000 Coral Hills Drive
Coral Springs, FL
(954) 344-3000

Broward Health North
201 E. Sample Drive
Deerfield Beach, FL
(954) 941-8300

Broward Health Imperial Point
6401 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(954) 776-8500
Broward Health Weston
2300 N. Commerce Parkway
Weston, FL
(954) 217-5000

About Broward Health:
Broward Health, providing service for more than 70 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health includes Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit