Breast cancer survivors are invited to a unique celebration of life at Project Self-Sufficiency (127 Mill Street, Newton) on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. The free Survivor Celebration will feature break-out sessions, entertainment, lunch, music, and interactive exhibits. A keynote presentation will be offered by motivational speaker Diana Perez.

Perez is a life change strategist, coach, and motivational speaker. She will discuss stress management and offer tips on rediscovering hope, joy, and personal strength during times of crisis. Break-out sessions for participants will include a health and wellness workshop by Dr. Susan Cunico, cooking demonstrations by Newton Medical Center Nutrition Services, and a guided meditation session led by medical support and clinical hypnotherapist Lauren Cardinale. A question and answer session will be facilitated by medical oncologist Dr. May Abdo-Matkiwsky and breast surgeon Dr. Sarah Chima.

The luncheon is sponsored by Regional Cancer Care Associates and catered by Newton Medical Center. Harpist Katie Pachnos will offer musical entertainment. Raffles and other prizes will be awarded throughout the event. Numerous vendors will be available to offer tips on health, wellness, fashion, and exercise.

This area of the state continues to have a high incidence of incurable breast cancer, noted Project Self-Sufficiency executive director Deborah Berry-Toon. “It is with great pride that we are able to honor those women from our area who have survived this disease,” she said. “With survival, however, comes the responsibility of maintaining well-being. This Survivor Celebration will guide participants about appropriate steps to take to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition, exercise, and stress relief techniques. We are grateful to all of the individuals and organizations who have agreed to join in this special celebration of life.”

The Survivor Celebration is free and open to all breast cancer survivors and those who are currently recovering. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested participants must call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500 to register.

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