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"The Strength Within"

Volunteer Voice - Winter 2010

Survivors celebrate resilience 
at annual conference

Anderson Network’s annual conference was held in September of 2009.

Hoda Kotb, “NBC Today” co-anchor, presented the keynote speech, touching on her early career, her reactions to covering the chaos and devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and the ups and downs of her treatment for breast cancer in 2007. She remarked, “Sometimes tragedy and humor are so close.”

Kotb told participants at Anderson Network’s 21st annual patient and caregiver conference, “Surviving cancer gave me four magical, life-changing words: You can’t scare me.”

Kotb’s speech capped off three days of presentations, workshops and discussions for cancer survivors, those in active treatment, and caregivers and family members. With subjects ranging from health policy to proton therapy to a Spanish-language session on how diabetes affects cancer, the conference was an opportunity for networking, learning and laughter.

Save the date for the 2010 Anderson Network conference scheduled for Sept. 24-25. with a new name — Cancer Survivorship Conference — and a new date.

David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D. and author of the international best seller, “Anticancer: A New Way of Life,” will be the 2010 key note speaker. A clinical professor of psychiatry and co-founder of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Servan-Schreiber is a dedicated scientist, physician and author. Copies of “Anticancer” — inspired by his battle with brain cancer — will be available for purchase at the conference. Keep your eyes and ears open for other innovations in the conference plans.

© 2015 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center