Local Cancer Centers and Nonprofits Join Forces for 10th Annual West Michigan Coalition for Breast Health Conference

Local Cancer Centers and Nonprofits Join Forces for 10th Annual West Michigan Coalition for Breast Health Conference

A New Normal:  Survivorship after Breast Cancer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., September 14, 2015The West Michigan Coalition for Breast Health (WMCBH) has released the topic for this year’s annual dinner and educational event, “A New Normal: Survivorship After Breast Cancer”.

“Bringing together hospitals, cancer care centers, and nonprofits in the community, our event allows community and professionals the opportunity for education about the importance of breast health and the early detection of breast cancer” said Deb Bisel, chair of this year’s WMCBH committee. “From research to treatment and support, this year’s presenters are some of the best our community has to offer and we are proud to partner with them.”

Presenters will include Ashley Mitchell, RN, MSN, FNP, OCN.   Ashley is an oncology nurse with a wealth of experience and works as a survivorship coordinator, helping patients and their families better understand and prepare for life after treatment.

Paula Collier, MBA.  The eldest of nine, Paula led the family as they journeyed alongside her mother, Alice, who was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago.  Paula became a full-time caregiver of her mother and will be present to share her story.

Dr. W. Christian Vandenberg, MD, Medical Director and Rehabilitation Specialist, Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Mary Free Bed.  Dr. Vandenberg works with area cancer specialists encouraging them to include rehabilitation early in the course of cancer treatment to improve functional outcomes and quality of life.

Erin Lamb, MSPT, Physical Therapist, Holland Hospital and Breast Cancer Survivor.   Erin recently completed treatment including chemotherapy, radiation and bilateral mastectomy for stage II invasive lobular carcinoma.

“As a breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand how intimidating a diagnosis and treatment plan can be,” said Denise Blunk, WMCBH Committee Member helping organize this year’s conference.  “In West Michigan, we are fortunate to have many great organizations helping women and men through their cancer journey.  This year’s panel discussion will provide hope, celebration, support, and power to women and men who are survivors of breast cancer.”

This conference has been submitted to the Oncology Nursing Society and American Society of Radiologic Technicians for approval to award contact hours

Tickets for the event are now on sale through the event website: https://grsurvivorship.eventbrite.com.   Sponsorships are available by contacting Renee Rivard-Burmeister at the American Cancer Society; 616.551.4062 or renee.burmeister@cancer.org.  A limited number of scholarships are also available.


About the West Michigan Coalition for Breast Health

For more than a decade the West Michigan Coalition for Breast Health has provided high-quality breast health focused educational events for the West Michigan area. Each fall the organization presents an educational dinner open to the public and medical professionals. Coalition member organizations include: Susan G. Komen Michigan, American Cancer Society, Gilda’s Club, Spectrum Health, Holland Hospital, Mercy Healthy, Mary Free Bed, Young Survivors Coalition of West Michigan, Women’s Health Boutique, Metro Health, Kent County Health Department Women’s Health Network, and Cancer Research Consortium West Michigan.