Golden Globe Winner to Inspire Stony Brook Patients at National Cancer Survivors Day
STONY BROOK, NY, April 18, 2011 – Ann Jillian, a Golden Globe-winning, three-time Emmy-nominated actress and singer, will be the keynote speaker at the seventh annual National Cancer Survivors Day® at the Cancer Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Held on Sunday, June 12, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, the event brings cancer survivors and their families together to celebrate living beyond cancer with their physicians, nurses and Cancer Center staff.
National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of life held in hundreds of communities throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries. The non-profit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation supports events at hospitals and organizations nationwide. Participants unite in the symbolic event to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.
Ann Jillian’s personal story of cancer survival illustrates that life can be meaningful, productive and successful after illness. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985, Ms. Jillian won a Golden Globe Award for “The Ann Jillian Story” in 1988, an autobiographical story that brought a positive and hopeful side of breast cancer to millions of viewers around the world. An accomplished actress and singer in television, on stage, and in the movies, Ms. Jillian has added the role of motivational speaker since her diagnosis and has touched thousands worldwide.
“Surviving and Thriving” will be Ms. Jillian’s message to the Stony Brook survivors. The focus of her presentation will be on why it is important in life not just to sustain “survival” but to thrive with a rewarding and fulfilling life. She will talk about “reinventing” ourselves and will share how, despite ups and downs, after cancer she reinvented herself in various ways in her business and personal life.
“I have felt the profound presence of love, hope and mercy, even through my …