Breast cancer survivors are invited to a unique celebration of life at Project Self-Sufficiency on Saturday, June 10th, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  The Survivor Celebration will feature break-out sessions, entertainment, lunch and interactive exhibits.  A keynote presentation will be offered by Therapist Diane Lang.  The celebration is free, but space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Interested participants must call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500 to register.


A wide variety of events and activities will be available, all of which are uniquely designed to celebrate the survival of breast cancer by local women.  A presentation by therapist, educator and author Diane Lang will address, “Finding Your Happiness.”  Representatives from Just Breathe Wellness will lead a guided meditation session.  Fitness Coaching LLC staff members will give participants tips about appropriate low-impact exercises to perform during and after recovery.  A Question and Answer session will be facilitated by Medical Oncologist Dr. May Abdo-Matkiwsky.  Project Self-Sufficiency Leadership Council member Susan Knutsen will be on hand with her therapy dog, Sam.  A luncheon will be sponsored by Regional Cancer Care Associates and catered by Newton Medical Center.  Musical entertainment will be offered by the Skylands Dulcimer String Band.  Raffles and other prizes will be awarded throughout the event.


Numerous vendors will be available to offer tips on health, wellness, fashion and exercise, including Project Self-Sufficiency; Alternative Hair at Sunshine; Color Genetics; Diane Lang Counseling; Fitness Coaching, LLC; Just Breathe Wellness; Mary Kay Cosmetics; NJ CEED Program; Planned Parenthood; Regional Cancer Care/Sparta Cancer Center; Soul II Soul; and others.

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“Sussex County continues to have a high incidence of incurable breast cancer, so it is with great pride that we are able to honor those women from our area who have survived this disease,” noted Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon.  “With survival, however, comes the issue of maintaining well-being.  This Survivorship Celebration will instruct participants about appropriate steps to take to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition, exercise and stress relief techniques.   We are grateful to all of the individuals and organizations who have agreed to join in this special celebration of life.”


The Survivor Celebration is sponsored by Project Self-Sufficiency, Regional Cancer Care Associates, Sparta Cancer Center, Sussex County Office of Public Health Nursing and the Sussex County New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection.  The Survivor Celebration is free and open to Sussex County breast cancer survivors, but registration is required.  To register, call 973-940-3500.