We are pleased to announce that there will be two speakers at this year’s Breakfast with Friends to be held on Thursday, April 23 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.
“It’s important to speak to both the head and the heart when it comes to Cancer Lifeline’s work,” said Executive Director Joseph Yurgevich. “These two speakers bring a wealth of information and experience to these two important aspects of anyone’s cancer journey.”
Bonnie McGregor, Ph.D will focus her remarks on the impact of emotional support programs on cancer outcomes and improving the quality of life. Dr. McGregor is a psychologist and former researcher for Fred Hutch, and is the principal of Orion Center for Integrative Medicine.
“It’s an act of strength to ask for help,” said Dr. McGregor. “Today, our healthcare system treats the disease of cancer, instead of working to heal the whole person before, during, and after treatment. Once cancer patients realize they need to treat the whole body and connect on numerous levels – through better nutrition, gentle exercise, support groups, therapy – the quality of their lives improves.”
Morhaf Al Achkar, MD, Ph.D., practices Family Medicine with UW Medicine and is an Assistant Professor with the AIMS Center, University of Washington, Psychiatry & Behaviorial Sciences. A Stage 4 lung cancer survivor, he is also the author Roads to Meaning & Resilience with Cancer. Learn more about Dr. Achkar in this recent KUOW FM interview.
“Patients with cancer need support in finding meaning while living life and dealing with mundane day-to-day concerns,” said Dr. Al Achkar. “They deserve space to support them as they redefine who they are continue to author their narratives.”
Breakfast with Friends, Cancer Lifeline’s signature event, raises needed funds for our Patient & Family Support Fund, thus assuring that ALL our programs remain free and accessible for all people living with cancer. Please join us! Tickets are $70 per person. For more information.