Chicago Women Share Their Personal Cancer Experiences to Inspire Others and Give Back

Northwestern Medicine
Cancer Care/Oncology January 29, 2015

Collage of women cancer survivorsOn Sunday, February 8, 2015, 10 Chicago women will take the stage to tell personal stories of taking their lives back after being diagnosed with cancer. The live storytelling event will be the inaugural Chicago production of “My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage,” and will feature stories from several Northwestern Medicine and Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University patients, including:

  • Tammi C. Walker, breast cancer survivor
  • Julia Stepenske, lymphoma survivor
  • Cindy Giles, breast cancer survivor
  • Beth Williams, brain cancer survivor

“This production allows these women to use their gifts of time and experience as cancer survivors to give back to their community and educate their community,” said Judy Pearson, My 2nd Act producer and co-founder of Women Survivors Alliance. “The stories these women share prove that the second act of their lives can be even more meaningful than life before cancer.”

Pearson, a cancer survivor herself, knows first-hand what it means to take control of life after cancer.

“Cancer draws a line in the sand of life,” added Pearson. “Cancer doesn’t end when treatment does. Even when there’s no longer any remaining portion of the disease, the diagnosis and treatment forever changes a life. Survivors need a way to make sense out of their experience and with My 2nd Act and Women Survivors Alliance, it’s our hope to help them accomplish that. It has certainly helped me.”

The American Cancer Society estimates that roughly one in three women will end up developing cancer some point during their life. To help women and their loved ones facing cancer, My 2nd Act’s goals are to:

  • Inspire audiences to create their own 2nd Acts, regardless of the challenges they face
  • Build awareness of survivorship issues and survivorship education programs
  • Celebrate the courage and achievements of the women on stage

“My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage” details:

  • Date: Sunday, February 8, 2015
  • Time: Doors open at 1:30 pm, performance begins at 2:00 pm
  • Location: The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 North Southport Ave., Chicago, Ill.

To learn more about the event, call 773.935.6860.

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