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March 4, 2011

SCI’s Women’s Power Lunch Speaker Survived Terrorism, Cancer

Author Jackie Pflug, survivor of a devastating act of terrorism as well as cancer, is the keynote speaker at the second annual Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer at noon Friday, April 1, at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams, Springfield.

The Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer celebrates and encourages mutual support among women as primary health caregivers in our communities.  The event is sponsored by Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  The speaker is sponsored by Humana.

Pflug was a passenger on EgyptAir Flight 648 in 1985 when it was hijacked.  Shot in the head after hijackers’ demands went unmet, Pflug was left for dead on the airport tarmac for five hours.  Her story is recounted in her book, “Miles To Go Before I Sleep.”  The harrowing experience prepared Pflug to fight for her life a second time, when diagnosed with cancer.  Pflug will sell and sign copies of her book at the event.

Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10 and are available by calling 217-545-2955 weekdays or go online to  For more information, call Cindy Davidsmeyer, SCI Community Support, 217-545-3837 weekdays.

The mission of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through education, research, patient care and community service.  Its Web site is