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April 17, 2007 > A celebration of women

A celebration of women

Believing that celebration and empowerment of our lives is integral to health in body and spirit, the 3rd annual Women's Conference of the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation - A Celebration of Women: Body & Soul - will bring together women of varied life circumstances to affirm, challenge and inspire one another.

"Because our work is dedicated to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of all women and girls, including women facing breast cancer, we welcome everyone to attend this wonderful day," says Executive Director and Founder Dr. Tricia J. McMahon. "As individuals and as mothers, daughters, sister, friends, neighbors, co-workers, women hold tremendous truths yet to be recognized, healing to be embraced, wit and wisdom to share. Healing happens within each of us and in our world when we share our stories and lay claim to our dreams."

Local keynote speakers Bonnie Gallup and Maureen Simon will be honoring "The NEW Feminine: Wake Up Sleeping Beauty" of our diverse and vibrant lives at this time in history; Melody Martin from Minnesota will be sharing "Three Things I Forgot Along the Way" while journeying this life as a woman with cerebral palsy.

In her book Lessons on the Journey, Melody Martin writes:
In the morning of February 7,1995, while I was getting ready for work, I looked in the mirror and said, "God I really need a change." (Next time I will be more specific!) I got to work and went about doing my job. I went out to lunch and that is the last thing I remember for about two weeks. While crossing the street I was run over by a large truck. Hey, I am now one who can legitimately say, "I feel like I've been hit by a truck."

Reaching down deep and surfacing anew, hopefully with our sense of humor in tact, is something we can all relate to. Melody continues: One of my friends told me later that while she was visiting me at the hospital, she got the sense that I was choosing whether or not to live...I sometimes think it was something beyond me that was keeping me going. My spirit, and my conscious self, chose life many times during the recovery process and continues to do so. Why? Why not?

This year the conference includes even more inspired presenters by offering afternoon break-out sessions. Volunteer Chairwoman Michelle Stewardson, involved since the event's inception in 2005, is excited to see her dream coming true. "I wanted to expand our circle to include speakers on various topics. We all have our unique interests and needs; our hope is that the breadth of afternoon sessions will be valuable for each woman who attends. We begin and end the day in the large group, which is ideal."

The day will include a Special Tribute to renowned artist Laurel Burch in gratitude for her phenomenal contributions of art and love and creativity to HERS/Bras for Body & Soul, as well as to the world. Everyone present will be included in creating a message of love and appreciation to Laurel.

Music and art will also enliven us, with the Ojala Drummers sharing their music and Anita Danforth once again sharing her 'interpretive art-in-action.' Anita will be painting on-site as she lets her creative impulse respond to the sights and sounds of the conference. Her incredible mural from last year's event will also be on display.

Co-Sponsored by Cal State University East Bay, Hayward, the conference will be held in the school's NEW Student Union, an expansive room with the west wall a sea of windows looking toward the bay. The event is part of the 50th anniversary year of the University and students from the Department of Leadership in Hospitality and Leisure Services are involved for education and community service. "I was delighted when the University called us just weeks after last year's conference. They had heard about us and wanted their students to help and also learn. It's been a terrific experience thus far. "It is fabulous for HERS to be partnering with a local university and reaching more young women," says Stewardson, "and guys too who are helping with many of the logistics."

Along with meaningful program, there will also be a drawing (including several handmade quilts) and Health Expo featuring local businesses and other organizations committed to wellness. The conference is an important outreach of HERS as well as a fundraiser for their Hope for Her Center and Bras for Body & Soul program, both located in Fremont and serving women throughout the Bay Area.

Come join us!

Early Registration Pricing extended through April 22!
Adults $40
Seniors (60+)/Students $15
Morning refreshments and lunch included.

Saturday, April 28
8:00am - 4:00pm

Register online or call HERS 510-573-2089

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