September 24, 1999

Series of events set for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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VUMC's LifeFlight helicopters are a familiar sight in the Nashville sky. The air ambulance program is relocating its helipad to the top of VUH.

Series of events set for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Sue Buchanan, breast cancer survivor and author of I'm Alive and the Doctor's Dead, will share her story of hope and survival as part of the 1999 Breast Cancer Health Forum.

The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the Vanderbilt Breast Center sponsor this month-long series of events each October in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Other sponsors include NewsChannel 5 and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Buchanan will speak during the Breast Cancer Health Forum Luncheon, Tuesday, Oct. 12 in the Stadium Club. The seventh annual luncheon will also feature a fashion show and presentation of the Frances Williams Preston Award for Breast Cancer Awareness to cancer survivor and entrepreneur Nancy Saturn. Saturn is owner of the American Artisan, organizer of the annual American Artisan Festival, and a member of the board of directors of Gilda's Club.

Information booths will open at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. Cost is $15 or $150 for a table of 10 — $12 or $120 for a table of 10 for Vanderbilt faculty, staff and their spouses. Parking is available in the Stadium Club Garage for $3. Free shuttle service will be offered for Vanderbilt faculty and staff from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the MCN Round Wing. To obtain a registration form, call 936-3727.

Other Breast Cancer Health Forum events include:

• A series of brown-bag lunches and breakfasts in the Vanderbilt Breast Center Conference Room, 2002 Village at Vanderbilt.

Friday, Oct. 1, noon, "Exercise after Breast Cancer Treatment."

Thursday, Oct. 7, 7:30 a.m., "Breast Cancer Prevention Study: The STAR Trial."

Friday, Oct. 8, noon, "Clinical Trials Update."

Friday, Oct. 15, noon, "The Hormone Lowdown."

Thursday, Oct. 21, noon, "Advances in Breast Cancer Treatment: A Multi-Modality Panel."

Friday, Oct. 22, noon, "The Garden Path to Herbs and Health Wholeness."

Thursday, Oct. 28, noon, "Is There a Spiritual Dimension to Health?"

• Sale of the Breast Cancer Awareness Stamp, Monday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Courtyard Café. This is the first postage stamp ever to have net proceeds earmarked for medical research funding. In the first nine months after the stamp's issuance, its sale had raised more than $6.6 million toward breast cancer research.

• A Gospel Concert, Sunday, Oct. 10, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., with D'Arcy Divine Intervention, Gale West, Toni Adams, the Gordon Memorial Methodist Mass Choir and the Fairfield Baptist Youth Choir. This event, at St. James Baptist Church, 600 28th Ave., N., is sponsored by the VICC, Meharry Medical College, Matthew Walker Health Center, NAACP Health Committee, American Cancer Society and the state Department of Health.

• A book signing featuring the authors of Speak the Language of Healing. In this book, authors Susan Kuner, Carol Matzkin Orsborn, Linda Quigley and Karen Leigh Stroup share their experiences with breast cancer and suggest a new way of viewing a cancer diagnosis — or any life-threatening illness — as an initiation rather than a battle between the person and her body. The signing will be at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Art Gallery of the University Club.

• Greater Nashville Race for the Cure, Sunday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m., Cool Spring Galleria. The 5K co-ed race, being held later in the fall than in past years, will begin with an interfaith service of hope. Vanderbilt will aim for the Largest Team Award — for the third year in a row. To join the Vanderbilt team, led by honorary team captain Lynn Matrisian, Ph.D., call 936-3727. The first 100 Vanderbilt faculty and staff to join will receive a free gift.

Vouchers for mammograms will be available at all Breast Cancer Health Forum educational events. With these vouchers, mammograms will be available at no charge to Vanderbilt faculty, staff, spouses and volunteers, and at a reduced rate for community members.

For more information about any of these events, call the VICC Office of Communications and Community Outreach at 936-3727.