SPRINGFIELD – Breast cancer survivors, their family and friends are invited to celebrate life together at the 17th Annual Rays of Hope Breast Cancer Survivors’ Day, April 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St.|
Former WNBA player and breast cancer survivor Edna Campbell will deliver the keynote address, entitled “Bouncing Back,” at the longtime popular event sponsored by the Rays of Hope. The WNBA veteran – most known for her time as a point guard with the Sacramento Monarchs – was diagnosed with breast cancer during her second season, but returned to the court soon after receiving treatment in 2002, just in time for their final season game against Seattle. Campbell continued to play despite her illness and has become a symbol of recovery for many survivors of the disease. Her return from breast cancer was nominated by fans as Most Inspirational for 2006, and one of the top four WNBA Anniversary decade moments.
After retiring from the WNBA in 2006, Campbell became a nurse and now travels across the country sharing her story of survival while encouraging women to have regular breast exams and inspiring those who’ve been diagnosed.
In addition to the keynote address, participants will be able to select from two workshops on a number of topics, including “Breast Reconstruction,” “Coping Strategies for Caregivers,” “Personal Safety Tips,” “Let Your Yoga Dance,” “Advances in the Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer,” “Mindful Eating,” “Unclutter Your Life & Start Living” and “The Joy of Card Making.” There will also be two sessions offered in Spanish only – “Recomendaciones sobre seguridad personal” and “Promoviendo la caminata de Rays of Hope.”
As part of this year’s Survivors’ Day, there will be a special art exhibit made up of artwork completed by participants from the Rays of Hope-sponsored “Art from the Heart” program facilitated by art therapist and silk artist Pat Hayes. The program – a series of art therapy workshops offered in the fall and the winter/spring – provides a creative outlet for women to work in watercolor, precious metal clay and other media.
There will also be networking opportunities throughout the day and the chance to visit with several exhibitors who will sell a variety of breast-related products and more.
A continental breakfast and buffet luncheon will be served.
Registration is required by April 3. The cost is $35 per person with the remaining cost underwritten by the Rays of Hope. Parking will be validated for the Civic Center Parking Garage only.
For those unable to afford the fee, a limited number of scholarships are available by calling Sandra Hubbard, NP, at the Rays of Hope Outreach Office at 413-794-9556.
For more information on the 17th Annual Breast Cancer Survivors’ Day, or to request a registration form, call 794-9556.
Also, for more information on Rays of Hope visit www.baystatehealth.org/raysofhope.
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