Educational Series


This quarterly series features area medical and health professionals presenting current topics relevant to breast cancer survivors.  All of the sessions are free of charge to breast cancer survivors and a guest, as well as area medical and health professionals and students. A reservation is required and a light dinner is provided.

All of the dinner programs are held at the 

North River Civic Center

1009 Executive Dr, Ste 102

(behind Northgate mall, between the Post Office and the Library).

2018 Dates, made possible by the Lillian L. Colby Foundation:

March 1, 5:30pm - Judith Pedersen-Benn; MS, CADC, CHT: "Why Would I Want to Join a Support Group?" 

June 7, 5:30pm - Chef Lee Cureton: "Nutrition for Survivors":  Lee Cureton is the chef and owner of her company Culinary Creations Catering, serving the Chattanooga and Tri-State area for the past ten years. While the saying, "Never trust a skinny chef" may hold true in some instances, Lee's life-long love of physical activity and attention to nutrition and health counter-balances her appreciation of filet mignon, pastry, and chocolate…at least most of the time. She grows her own garden, and uses fresh, local ingredients whenever possible.  The culinary arts allow Lee to combine her passion for fitness, food, and fun. Chef Lee will share tips for keeping your diet both nutritious and delicious!

  • August 9 - to be announced                                                       


  • November 8 - to be announced


  • October 19 - Marcie Beasley, MSN, RN, FNP-C, AOCNP, presenting "What Long-term Survivors Want to Know"
  • February 23 - Rhonda Edwards, LCSW, OSW-C presenting "Coping with Stress for Survivors"
  • May 18 - John Jordi, PTA, BS, CLT-LANA, CI, ASTYM​ presenting "What Survivors Want to Know About Lymphedema"
  • August 10 - Michelle McDougal, Cancer Exercise Specialist presenting "Move Strong, Live Strong"

​2016 was made possible by Unum

  • March - Mark A. Brzezienski, MD, FACS presenting Modern Breast Reconstruction
    • ​Click HERE for the video
  • May - Judith Pederson-Benn, MS, CADC, CHT presenting Mind-Body Medicine & Skills
    • ​​Click HERE for the video
  • September - Pamela Kelle, RN, LDN, CEDRN presenting Nutrition Matters
    • ​​​Click HERE for the video
  • October - Sumana Nagireddy, MD, presenting on SERMs (tamoxifen, femara, arimidex, etc.)

2015 was made possible by Unum

  • February - Cooking For a Healthy Life
  • May - Coping with a Fear of Recurrence
  • August - New Chemotherapy Treatments -
    • Click HERE for the presentation by Marcie Beasley, RN, MSN, FNP-C
  • October - Lymphedema Therapy
    • Click HERE for the presentation by Margaret Secrest, PT CLT-LANA

2014 was made possible by The Benwood Foundation

  • February - Breast Reconstruction Procedures & Techniques
  • May - Nutrition Matters
  • August - The Lingering Effects of Chemotherapy
  • October - The Importance of Peer Support for Survivors