Kaweah Delta Unveils Keynote Speaker For Oct. 23 Breast Cancer Event
VISALIA – Tickets are on sale for Kaweah Delta Breast Center’s
5th annual Pink Tea Party, whose “Alice in Wonderland” theme
will transform the Visalia Convention Center on Sunday, Oct. 23, with
national speaker, author and breast cancer survivor Dr. Sheri Phillips Prentiss.
The event’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Sheri, a physician, national
spokesperson for Susan G. Komen 3-Day, and author of
“When Everything Changed: My Journey from Physician to Patient.” In her book, Dr. Sheri lays bare the raw emotions of facing death:
“October 1, 2008 was when everything changed. I didn’t get
married, didn’t have a baby and didn’t get a new job. I found
a lump in my right breast. Normally, I would have run to tell my mother,
but I was frozen by my discovery. I knew it was cancer from the moment
I felt it, because no one knows my body better than I do.”
After having 16 lymph nodes removed and a partial mastectomy in 2008, Dr.
Sheri is a cancer survivor traveling the world to motivate women and help
patients and healthcare practitioners change the way healthcare is delivered.
She is a board certified occupational and environmental medicine physician
and a public health expert who also designed a compression arm sleeve
to combat lymphedema. Lymphedema is swelling in an arm or leg caused by
a lymphatic system blockage. It’s most commonly caused by lymph
node removal or damage due to cancer treatment.
“I’m excited to be a part of this event that is bringing awareness
to breast cancer and celebrating women for the hope, strength and courage
they’ve shown in facing cancer,” Dr. Sheri said.
Kaweah Delta’s pink tea party will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct.
23, at the Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave. Individual tickets
are $25, while tables are $200 and can be purchased by calling 624-2242.
Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event.
The event will also include music, opportunity drawings, a photo booth
and a walk of hope rose ceremony honoring those whose lives have been
touched by breast cancer. Roses will be sold for $5 and proceeds from
the sale will go to the Lost Girls Fund created by the Lost Girls Motorcycle
Club. If a low-income woman is in need of a mammogram and cannot pay for
it, the fund pays for the mammogram at the Kaweah Delta Breast Center.
Since 2011, the Kaweah Delta Breast Center’s Pink Tea Party has
sold out every year and grown from 100 to 650 attendees.
Located at 4949 W. Cypress Ave. in Visalia, The Kaweah Delta Breast Center
is dedicated to comprehensive imaging services for women and is staffed
with mammography technologists with experience in breast imaging. Services
provided include everything from digital screening and diagnostic mammography
to ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and community breast health education
resources. To schedule a mammogram and for more information about the
Breast Center and its services, call 624-3209 or visit www.kaweahdelta.org.
# Calendar Announcement
Breast Cancer Awareness Tea: The Kaweah Delta Breast Cancer Awareness Tea
will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Visalia Convention Center,
303 E. Acequia Ave. Event theme is “Alice in Wonderland” and
keynote speaker is Dr. Sheri Phillips Prentiss, national spokeswoman for
Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, physician, author and breast cancer
survivor. Tickets (in advance only): $25 individuals; $200 table by calling
624-2242. Food, music, opportunity drawings, photo booth, and more. Info: 624-5985.