Breast cancer survivor, life coach and author Paula Holland DeLong will be the featured speaker during the annual Breast Cancer Survivors Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m., at South Miami Hospital’s Victor E. Clarke Education Center, US 1 and SW 62nd Avenue.
Breast cancer survivors, their families and friends are invited to this free event hosted by Your Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group and Baptist Health South Florida.
Despite the emotionally draining experience of being diagnosed with cancer 13 years ago, DeLong found that it actually helped transform her life to a psychologically healthier and more fulfilling one.
“My life and well-being were significantly improved by cancer and I want to share what I discovered with other cancer survivors” she said.
Delong helps cancer survivors develop a deepened appreciation of life and provides them with the tools to find their own joy, passion and purpose. She is the author of the book What’s Next for My Life?
Other speakers at the celebration include Baptist Health physicians Robert Derhagopian, MD; Gladys Giron, MD; Grace Wang, MD, and Brad Herman, MD. More than 20 community organizations will have displays and exhibits of interest to breast cancer survivors. A light dinner will be served.
Since 1997, the Breast Cancer Survivors Celebration has grown under the leadership of Linda Burrowes, Your Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group founder.
“We began as a small event just for our group, but since it was so well received and we’ve grown so much, we expanded it into a much larger community event,” she said.
The support group meets monthly at South Miami Hospital.
The event is free, but space is limited. Reservations are required by Thursday, Sept. 30. If you plan to attend, call 786-596-3815.
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest faith-based not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. Baptist Health includes Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals affiliated with Baptist Health.