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Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference Set for Sept. 13 in Tacoma

The Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. This conference, now in its sixth year, is free and open to all people affected by cancer as patients, family members and caregivers. The event is designed to allow survivors to connect and learn more about all aspects of the cancer journey.

Topics discussed at the conference focus on the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the cancer journey. This year’s conference emphasizes topics related to movement and expression; mind, brain and body; and gender and age. Gretchen Schodde, founder of Harmony Hill Retreat Center, will present the keynote address titled Harmony Hill: Stories of Hope and Healing, and share her inspiring journey to care for cancer patients. In addition, numerous workshops and seminars will be available for participants interested in topics such as yoga, ayurveda, quigong and tai chi; exploring creativity; anti-inflammatory diet and cooking tips; minimizing chemical exposure in the home; brain health and much more.

Major sponsors include University of Puget Sound, MultiCare Health System, Franciscan Health System, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and American Cancer Society, in addition to contributions and assistance from dozens of community organizations and cancer advocates.

The Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference is the largest educational and inspirational gathering of cancer survivors in this community. The conference is set for Saturday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner in Tacoma. The event is free but registration is required. To register, call (253) 272-5368 (option “0”) or visit

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