Young cancer survivors bring inspirational message to weekend conference

13 April 2011

Regina -

Few people are able to reach the top of Mount Everest and even fewer have climbed the highest peaks of all 7 continents. No one has completed them both AND survived cancer except for Sean Swarner. The 36 year old from Colorado will share his incredible story at the Canadian Cancer Society’s 9th annual conference for people living with cancer this weekend at the Delta Hotel in Regina.

The author of the memoir Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy will close the conference on Sunday. Geralyn Lucas was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 27 just after landing her dream journalism dream job at 20/20. The feisty survivor talks openly about her experience including getting sick in cabs during chemo treatments, baldness and sex. "All of the sessions are designed with everyday people in mind. We are thrilled with the caliber of presenters, many of whom have experienced cancer themselves," said Keith Karasin, executive director of the Canadian Cancer Society in Saskatchewan.

The conference has become a major part of the Society’s support for cancer patients and their caregivers. The 3 day event is designed to help people living with cancer by covering a wide variety of topics. Aside from the keynote speakers, the conference also has a number of wonderful workshop facilitators presenting wellness topics including art therapy, music therapy, the art of focusing, developing a wellness plan, and yoga for cancer survivors. "We want participants to leave the conference with practical tools, techniques and coping skills that they can take home and use," said Krista Epp, conference organizer.

The conference is also an opportunity for people across Saskatchewan to develop a network of friends who are going through the same experience. Recognizing the financial impact associated with cancer, the Society is once again subsidizing conference costs as much as possible. Several hundred are expected to attend.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Donna Pasiechnik

Manager, Tobacco Control, Media & Government Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Saskatchewan Division

Phone: 306-790-9871