March 18, 2014
Humorist Kathleen Passanisi to Speak at 5th Annual Women’s Power Lunch
The 5th Annual Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer, benefiting cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, will feature Hall of Fame Speaker Kathleen Passanisi whose work in the field of therapeutic humor has been featured in the New York Times, US News and World Report, Working Woman and other nationally-known publications.
The event is scheduled for Friday, April 25 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams St., Springfield. Proceeds from the event benefit all cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10 tickets. Both are available by calling 217-545-2955 or registering online at www.siumed.edu/cancer.
Passanisi’s compelling story comes from her own experiences in health care “on both sides of the exam room curtain,” and from 27 years working with people dealing with all sorts of challenges. Her family is not exempt. Her husband, a two-time cancer survivor, and their 29-year-old daughter have recently both tested positive for the BRCA2 gene.
According to the National Cancer Institute, BRCA1 and BRCA2 increase the risk of female breast and ovarian cancers. BRCA1 may also increase a woman’s risk of developing fallopian tube and peritoneal cancer. Men with BRCA2 and to a lesser extent BRCA1, are also at increased risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer. Men and women both may have a higher risk of pancreatic cancer.
Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie announced last year she had tested positive for BRCA1 and had undergone preventative mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer.
Passanisi’s clients have included Fortune 500 companies and trauma teams. She is the past president of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of therapeutic humor.
Registration and networking will begin at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. The Women's Power Lunch Against Cancer celebrates and encourages mutual support among women as primary health caregivers in our communities.
The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is www.siumed.edu/cancer.