10Th anniversary celebration at Notre Dame honors Michiana cancer survivors

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -– More than 1,300 people will gather at Notre Dame on September 14 for a milestone celebration that will help save lives in Michiana.

The Women’s Task Force of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center announced today the 10th Annual Secret Sisters Society Luncheon and Style Show will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14 at the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center.

The annual event celebrates Michiana cancer survivors and promotes the early detection of breast cancer by raising money to fund screening mammograms for under-served women in the community.

Michael Method, MD, MPH, Medical Advisor for the Women’s Task Force, will serve as co-emcee for the luncheon and style show. Sixteen local cancer survivors of all ages will share their inspiring stories of courage and determination as they model fall fashion trends before an audience that has continued to grow since the first luncheon in 2002.

The 10th Annual Secret Sisters Society Luncheon and Style Show is open to anyone. Individual reservations are $35, with patron tables and other sponsorship opportunities available. To reserve your seat or table, please call (574) 472-6354. All proceeds benefit the Secret Sisters Society Mammogram Fund.

“We started this event ten years ago as a way to help women who couldn’t afford to protect themselves against breast cancer,” said Joan Lennon, Coordinator for the Women’s Task Force. “Watching it grow bigger every year is a testament to the compassion of our community. This year’s luncheon and style show represents a milestone in our mission to save lives.”

Founded in 2001, the Secret Sisters Society is a fund that provides screening mammograms for under-served women ages 40-49. These women would qualify for the Breast & Cervical Cancer Program due to income, but would not receive a screening mammogram until they reach the age of 50. The Secret Sisters Society has provided close to 4,000 screening mammograms to women in our community. Anyone can become a Secret Sister by making a tax-deductible membership donation of $50 or more.

The Women's Task Force of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center is comprised of women cancer survivors. The Women’s Task Force raises awareness and develops initiatives for women's health issues, including recommending and implementing programs that relate directly to women and cancer, promoting early detection, treatment options, supportive care and survivorship.

For more information about the Secret Sisters Society or the Women’s Task Force of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, visit www.WomensTaskForce.org.

(Source: This was a press release from The Big Idea Company)

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