June 2, 2011

Cancer Survivors' Day Event Saturday, June 18

Cancer patients, survivors, family members, caregivers and friends are invited to attend the annual Survivors' Day Conference and Celebration, "Cancer GPS: Navigating Your Journey," Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

Linda Armstrong Kelly, mother of Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, will be the keynote speaker for the conference. She will be signing copies of her book, "No Mountain High Enough: Raising Lance, Raising Me."

This year's free event will feature several breakout sessions. Parents of childhood cancer survivors will learn about coping with the physical and educational issues affecting children. Young adults can focus on cancer and the law, adults will hear about the intimacy and emotional challenges of cancer survivorship and there will be a special session for caregivers.

Additional seminars will provide the latest information about nutrition, mindfulness activities and sleep issues.

There will be a special Kids' Zone with activities for children 6  to 12 years of age.

The conference will end with a celebration of survivorship and a special musical performance by Beth Nielsen Chapman, singer, songwriter and breast cancer survivor.

The free Survivors' Day conference will be held at the Vanderbilt University Student Life Center, 310 25th Ave. S. Valet parking is available and lunch will be served.

The conference is sponsored by the Tennessee Cancer Coalition, Gilda's Club Nashville and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

For more information, call 936-0322 or visit www.vanderbiltsurvivorday.org to reserve a seat.