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Coalition Hosts “Spring into Survivorship: Bloom in Pink” Conference

The relief of surviving breast cancer is often coupled with the question, “What now?” Breast cancer survivors are invited to join in the first “Spring into Survivorship: Bloom in Pink” Conference on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Franciscan Conference Center, Lourdes University, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The conference will provide breast cancer survivors with educational, informational, and inspirational workshops to guide them in their continued journey toward a full and productive life.

Sponsored by the Lucas County Breast Health Coalition, in conjunction with the University of Toledo’s Center for Health and Successful Living, the conference will feature a presentation entitled My Winged Victory, by keynote national speaker, Molly McDonald, breast cancer survivor and founder and president of The Pink Fund (http://thepinkfund.org/). The Pink Fund distributes short-term financial aid for basic living expenses on behalf of breast cancer patients who have lost all or a part of their income during active treatment. McDonald started the non-profit fund to help breast cancer patients who experience loss of income which can result in catastrophic financial losses. In fiscal year 2013-2014, the Pink Fund distributed over $279,000 in financial aid ranging from help with car payments, utilities, mortgages, and other living expenses.

The conference will also feature the following educational sessions:

  • Chair yoga/ mindfulness (meditation)
  • Nutrition and cancer survivorship
  • Breast Cancer & your financial future
  • Finding your passion: from surviving to thriving

Funding for the conference is made possible by grants from Susan G. Komen, Northwest Ohio and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project.

The Lucas County Breast Health Coalition and the Center for Health and Successful Living at the University of Toledo advocate for breast health education, early detection and continuity of breast health services. They provide support and programs that focus on improving the quality of life of cancer patients, survivors and their families. Chairpersons for the conference are Dianne Cherry, F. Jeannine Everhart, and Gail Cooper.

The registration fee is $10 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and a small gift for the day. Make checks or money orders payable to: Toledo/Lucas County CareNet and send to LCBCH, PO Box 351164. Seating is limited to 100 guests.  A friend or caregiver may also register. For more information, call The Victory Center at 419-531-7600 or Baskets of Care at 419-283-9003.

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