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Women United in Celebration

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Hosted annually by CSCVVSB’s Latino Outreach Program, Mujeres Unidas en Celebracion (Women United in Celebration), was held on April 27 in Northridge and May 18 in Oxnard. These conferences honored and helped Latina cancer survivors and their loved ones.

April 27 – Porter Valley Country Club, Northridge

The San Fernando Valley event featured an educational seminar by CSCVVSB Medical Advisory Board Member Bernard Lewinsky, MD, FACR. Actress and author Katy Franco shared her breast cancer survival experience and gave each attendee a copy of her book, Chemorella.

Complimentary wigs and breast prosthesis along with fittings were offered by Intimate Image and St. Michael’s Church in Sherman Oaks.

Click here to view our Facebook photo album from this inspirational event!

May 18 – the Kitchen, Oxnard

The Ventura County event featured Alicia Zaragoza, RN, NP, an Oncology Nurse Navigator. She presented information on how Oncology Nurse Navigators can help and sought ideas from the audience on how to improve the medical experience from the patient’s perspective.

“Laugh Yoga” instructor Rose Luna also addressed the group and got everyone out of their seats and laughing as she explained the benefits of humor and yoga in healing.

At one point the participants got a chance to stand up and share their stories. Every phase of survivorship was represented – from one week to 25 years!

“From the beginning to the very end everything was excellent,” said one participant.

Thanks to the Kitchen (featured on Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri’s show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) for providing the location for Mujeres Unidas 2013! Thanks also to our donors: Green Thumb Nurseries, Intimate Image, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and St. John’s Hospital.

For contributing to the success of both the Northridge and Oxnard events, we would like to thank St. Michael’s Church, Amgen Oncology, Genentech, and Kaiser Permanente.

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