Events & Opportunities

Pink, Purple, Strength and Unity Conference

2nd Annual Conference for the metastatic breast cancer and survivor communities.
Supporting the empowerment and confidence of breast cancer survivors and individuals living with metastatic breast cancer.

Online registration is now closed.
If you'd still like to attend and have not registered please call before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15: 215-238-8900.

This is a free event for breast cancer survivors, men and women living with metastatic breast cancer and the special loved ones who walk every step of the journey with you.



Komen Philadelphia understands that the needs, hopes and every-day lives of breast cancer survivors and metastatic breast cancer Forever Fighters differ greatly than those of someone who never faced a diagnosis. We also have the resources, experience and devotion to support your life!

From quelling the anxiety of recurrence to coping with the health side effects of treatment—from building confidence on the foundation of the latest research to understanding the role of genetics—from juggling family, career and healthcare to removing stressful relationships from your life—from nurturing your mind and soul to pursuing physical paths for improved quality of life—Pink, Purple, Strength and Unity offers experts to address your biggest concerns, while strengthening your peer network of support.

Join us for a day of making connections, expanding your resources and creating an empowered and confident community of breast cancer survivors and Forever Fighters.


We’re kicking off the conference with the most fun, fashionable and colorful icebreaker you’ll ever experience. Come to the event accessorized with your favorite fascinator (that’s a fancy word for a fancy hat), one that expresses your uniquely bold, beautiful, MORE THAN PINK® self. We’ll have a blast displaying our fashion and getting to know each other starting from the top down.


Group Prayer
Led by Reverend Leroy Miles, Jr., M.Div., M.A., Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care and Counseling; Spiritual leader

Keynote Address
Promising Research and What it Means for You as a Survivor or Individual with MBC
Presented by Richard Pestell, MD, PhD, FACP, FRACP, MBA, Baruch S. Blumberg Institute
President, Pennsylvania Cancer and Regenerative Medicine Research Center

Engagement Presentation
Dethroning Your Inner Critic, Stepping into a Life of Greater Freedom, Peace and Joy
Presented by Joanna Kleinman, LCSW, Dethroning Your Inner Critic
Co-Founder; Therapist and Life Coach


BREAKOUT SESSIONS (11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.): Choose any two to attend
All sessions will provide information, resources and other forms of support for individuals living with metastatic breast cancer as well as individuals being treated for, or now live free of, other stages of breast cancer  

Topic: New Diagnostics and Imaging for Breast Cancer

"How can an imager help you?"
David Mankoff, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Gerd Muehllehner Professor of Radiology; Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Radiology

"You're seeing your breast surgeon, now what?"
Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology; Leader, Breast Cancer Program; Director, Breast Fellowship Program

"What does this all mean to a patient?"
Meryl Weinreb, Susan G. Komen
Chair, Komen Philadelphia Education and Public Policy;  Member, Komen Advocates in Science Steering Committee; Komen Scholar

Topic: Triple-negative Breast Cancer and New Therapies

Presented by:
Sramila Aithal, MD, Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia
Hematologist and Medical Oncologist

Kamel Abou Hussein, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper 
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology

Daniel Silver, MD, PhD, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson
Associate Professor, Medical Oncology and Cancer Biology; Director, Basic Science and Research, Medical Oncology; Leader, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Breast Program

Topic: Genetics and Clinical Trials

Presented by:
Carmen E. Guerra, MD, MSCE, FACP, Penn Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine; Associate Chief of Staff, Abramson Cancer Center; Perelman School of Medicine

Edith P. Mitchell, MD, FACP, FCPP, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology, Department of Medical Oncology; Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities; Associate Director, Diversity Affairs, 116th President National Medical Association

Topic: HER2-positive Breast Cancer

Presented by:
Lori Goldstein, MD, FASCO, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Director, The Naomi and Phil Lippincott Breast Evaluation Center; Deputy Associate Director, Clinical Research Professor, Department of Hematology/Oncology

 Lisa K. Jablon, MD, Einstein Healthcare Network
Director, Einstein’s Breast Health Program; Director, Genetic Risk Program; Breast Surgeon


Because other events happening in Philadelphia on November 16 may increase traffic flow, we encourage guests to plan ahead for transportation and parking for the conference.

  • As much as possible we encourage the use of public transportation. Septa's Jefferson Station (for regional rail and subway riders) has an entrance less than one block from the Loews Hotel. Septa Bus stops are also within very close walking distance.
  • If public transportation is not an option, please consider carpooling to minimize parking needs.
  • Guests will be responsible for their own parking. For your convenience, we suggest Parkway Garage, located at 12th and Filbert streets, or Hamilton Garage, located at 221 S.11th Street.


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