Blessing Cancer Center presents the 6th Annual Community Breast Cancer Awareness Day

 Blessing Cancer Center presents the 6th Annual Community Breast Cancer Awareness Day

The Blessing Hospital Cancer Center is proud to announce its 6th Annual Community Breast Cancer Awareness Day, to be held on October 14 at the Ambiance, 5400 Koch’s Lane, Quincy. Two sessions are offered this year: the afternoon session from 11am to 2:30 pm and the evening session from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. Come and join us as we celebrate this year’s theme “Music as Medicine”. As a nation of music lovers, we all know about the power music has to both motivate and relax us. We are blessed to have two nationally recognized music professionals perform at this event whose vision, commitment and talent help forge the science of medicine through the art of music.

Dr. Deforia Lane, musician, singer, author, pianist, and cancer survivor was the first music therapist to receive grant money to study music’s therapeutic effects on cancer patients. As the director of the music therapy program at the University Hospital of Cleveland Ireland Cancer Center and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, she uses the power of song to ease the mind, train the body, soothe the soul and, above all, provide hope to those who need it most. For Deforia Lane, music has become a form of medicine she has written several publications and her book Music as Medicine and CD Songs of Healing, Words of Hope Music Therapy in Patient Care will be available at the event.

Ester Nicolson, musical artist, businesswoman and inspirational speaker has performed as a vocalist with Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Brenda Russell, Al Green, Faith Hill, Beyonce, Carol King, Barbara Streisand and many others. Currently touring the US presenting concerts and workshops, Ester is promoting the release of her debut CD entitled, Child above the Sun (available at the event) – a beautifully produced collection of songs that celebrate the transformative journey that parallels her life story. If ever there was a story that provides hope to the hopeless, Ester’s life demonstrates that there is no person that is beyond redemption, and that life-changing renewal is possible for everyone – regardless of personal history, illness or circumstance.

Both of these talented women have spent most of their lives bringing joy and healing to others through their music. Please join us for this memorable event filled with music, song, laughter, community participation and topped off with good food and beverages. Booths will be on site to learn more about breast cancer and what you can do to prevent it. Admission is free, but reservations are necessary to secure your meal. Call Sue Plonka at 223-8400, extension 7709 to make your reservation by October 9.