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The American Cancer Society To Host 2nd Annual Survivorship Symposium 'United In Hope'



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The American Cancer Society To Host 2nd Annual

Survivorship Symposium ‘United In Hope’

WESTPORT — The American Cancer Society will host its Second Annual Survivorship Symposium entitled “United In Hope” on Saturday, September 23, from 9 am to 2 pm at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport.

A forum developed for local cancer survivors and caregivers, “United In Hope” features speakers who will discuss the latest treatment options, early detection, issues of survivorship, patient-physician communications, and how to build personal image. A continental breakfast and a healthy lunch will be served, and each survivor will receive an award at the end of the day. Complimentary therapies will be available, including meditation, music, and massage.

Thanks to advances in research and early detection and prevention initiatives, 60 percent of the people diagnosed with cancer will survive. There are approximately 8.2 million cancer survivors living in the United States today. This represents substantial progress from earlier this century, when almost no one survived cancer.

“United In Hope” celebrates survivors and addresses the continuing needs of this group following a cancer diagnosis and rigorous treatment. Committee member and cancer survivor Susan Santangelo said, “The Survivorship Symposium is very important because there are so many issues that cancer survivors are faced with, and no one understands what you’ve been through more than another survivor.”

According to Chris Boynton, regional vice president of the Southwestern Connecticut American Cancer Society, “The Symposium gives the Society the chance to celebrate the lives of local cancer survivors, honor their courage, and thank them for the endless inspiration and hope they give others and to the work of the American Cancer Society.”

There is no fee to attend this inspirational day of sharing. For more information about “United In Hope” or to make a reservation, contact Linnah Madumadu at the American Cancer Society, 800/889-3340, extension 224.

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