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Authors Speak Out at LBBC National Event

Bruce Feiler and Donna Deegan explore how cancer has impacted their families and their lives at our 4th Annual Conference for Women Living with Advanced Breast Cancer

March 12, 2010

Written By Janine E. Guglielmino, MA, Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships

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Two nationally known authors will discuss how cancer has affected them and their loved ones at our 4th Annual Conference for Women Living with Advanced Breast Cancer, to be held May 1-2 in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia.

Donna Deegan, evening anchor for “First Coast News” in Jacksonville, Florida, has written two books about her struggles with breast cancer. Bruce Feiler is a New York Times best-selling author whose book about his bone cancer will be released just days before our event.

Led by Judy E. Garber, MD, MPH, a leader in the research and treatment of breast cancer, our speakers will touch on a spectrum of concerns, including specific types of cancer, decision-making, communication, coping and side effects.

Our Program

Living Beyond Breast Cancer holds this annual conference as part of our commitment to focusing on your unique concerns as a woman living with metastatic breast cancer (link to: metastatic breast cancer audience home page). During three plenary sessions and ten workshops, you will get the information and support you need to make informed decisions. You’ll also have a chance to talk with providers and network with women and families.

Our Speakers

Dr. Garber, a member of LBBC’s Medical Advisory Board, is director of the cancer risk and prevention program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in Boston. She also serves as attending physician at Dana-Farber’s Breast Evaluation Center and is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research interests include hereditary and familial breast cancers, novel medicines, managing chemotherapy side effects and cancers in premenopausal women.

Mr. Feiler will discuss how his 2008 diagnosis of bone cancer inspired his book, The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness and the Men Who Could Be Me. The book explores how he prepared for the possibility his children could grow up without him. Previously, Mr. Feiler published nine books that reexamine historical people and places.

Ms. Deegan will share her inspiring journey of thriving while managing breast cancer. After her initial diagnosis, Ms. Deegan established The Donna Foundation , which helps women in northern Florida who are undergoing breast cancer treatment and have financial difficulties. She established an annual race called 26.2 with Donna: The National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer. All proceeds support breast cancer research and support. Ms. Deegan has published two books about her journey with breast cancer, The Good Fight and Through Rose Colored Glasses.

Getting There and Registration

The conference will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott West at 111 Crawford Avenue in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The hotel is centrally located off I-476 near both I-95 and I-76, and it is a half mile from public transportation. If the Philadelphia Marriott West's room block is full, please note that overflow will be handled by the Residence Inn. The Residence Inn is located at 191 Washington St., Conshohocken, Pennsylvania 19428. To make a reservation, please call 610-828-8800. Currently, the room rate $109 plus tax per night.

Registration costs $75 per person. We are offering a limited number of travel grants and fee waivers. LBBC offers CEU credits for social workers through the West Chester Undergraduate Social Work Department.

For directions and more information about workshops, speakers, registration and travel grants, visit our events page.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

We would like to thank our lead sponsor, The Breast Cancer Fund of National Philanthropic Trust, and our presenting sponsors, Amgen and Pfizer Oncology. Thank you also to our benefactor sponsors, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genentech, Lilly Oncology and Novartis Oncology; and to supporting sponsors Abraxis Bioscience and Veridex.

Download a copy of the conference brochure.