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The Power of Hope: Living Fully With and Beyond Cancer Conference

Network - Summer 2007

Vince Papale and Julie Silver, M.D., both believe in the power of hope. It served Papale when he tried out for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976 and became the oldest rookie in the history of the NFL. It helps Silver every day as she works to empower people and give them the tools to heal.

But hope played the most important role in their lives as they each struggled with cancer. These are the stories they will share at Anderson Network’s 19th annual Living Fully With and Beyond Cancer Conference for patients and caregivers, Sept. 6-8, at the Houston Marriott Westchase.

Currently leading full lives, both bring strong meaning to the conference theme, “The Power of Hope.” Papale, a five-year survivor of colon cancer, is a marketing executive for Sallie Mae. Silver, a four-year survivor of breast cancer, is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and award-winning author of more than a dozen books focusing on recovery from serious illnesses and injuries.

Papale is the opening keynote speaker on Friday, Sept. 6, and Silver, the closing keynote speaker, at this conference, which for the second year is presented in collaboration with the Beth Sanders Moore Young Breast Cancer Survivors’ program at M. D. Anderson.

For the first time this year, there will be simultaneous panels: one for patients currently in treatment, another for survivors. In addition, there will be a Saturday morning panel for young breast cancer survivors followed by the traditional medical panel led by John Mendelsohn, M.D., president of M. D. Anderson, with presentations on two important subjects: nanotechnology and metastasis.

Other events and activities include seven wellness workshops, a sampling of complementary and integrative modalities; 18 breakout sessions on subjects pertinent to cancer patients and their caregivers; a banquet with comedienne Jeanne Robertson (Miss North Carolina of 1963), and plenty of food and fun.

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