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Community Education Series will continue in 2008

The Los Angeles Breast Cancer Alliance (LABCA) is currently developing an educational component to our programming, filling the needs that are of interest to women with breast cancer and their supporters. LABCA's goal is to have presentations by experts in their fields in the medical, psychosocial and legal and advocacy communities.

The first of LABCA's educational events was an evening with Ronnie Kaye, MFCC, a two-time survivor of breast cancer, lecturer and renowned author of Spinning Straw Into Gold. The evening event was held in conjunction with the Wilshire Blvd. Temple at their Irmas campus. Ronnie spoke about how she changed the way she dealt with life on life's terms. By sharing her own experiences with cancer and that of her patients, she touched on many emotional and psychological issues that a lot of women face with breast cancer. The event was quite inspirational as women shared their concerns and fears, which Ronnie addressed in an informal setting. Concerns regarding a parent with cancer, how to deal with small children who may lose a parent from the disease and the fear of recurrence were several issues that were addressed.

The second in our series of educational events was a talk by the Cancer Legal Resource Center, held at the Westwood Public Library. This talk focused on legal issues, regarding discrimination in the work place and health insurance issues surrounding breast cancer. For further information, contact the Cancer Legal Resource Center, (213)736-1455 and www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org.

This educational series will continue in 2008 and that information will be posted on our website, www.labca.org. Please contact LABCA with your program requests and thoughts at 310-927-7606 or editor@labca.org.

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