Events & Opportunities

Pink, Purple Strength and Unity Conference

Education, sharing and support-building for breast cancer survivors and individuals living with metastatic breast cancer.

This is a FREE EVENT for breast cancer survivors, individuals living with metastatic breast cancer and close loved ones who walk the journey with you. Please note, online registration is closed. If you still wish to attend, please call 215-238-8900 before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16.

If you're coming on Saturday:

  • Upon arrival: Please take the elevator or escalator to the second floor and check in with our volunteers at the table outside Millennium Hall. Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m.
  • Transportation: We suggest that, if possible, you take public transportation. The entrance to Septa’s Jefferson Station is less than two blocks from the hotel.
  • Parking: 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.
  • Additional note: The Philadelphia half-marathon will also take place the morning of our conference. While we’ve been advised that the enforcement of “no parking” regulations and temporary street closures should not impact the area around our event at the start of our event, Marathon activities may influence your commute to the Loews Hotel. View road closures for the 2018 Philadelphia Marathon Weekend. Again, we encourage the use of public transportation. Most importantly, if you do encounter a brief delay, please do not let it deter you from attending the conference and experiencing all we have to offer!



Whether you have taken the breast cancer journey and wear the badge of “survivor,” or have joined the ranks of Forever Fighters, all individuals who have been diagnosed with breast cancer share the same thirst for the knowledge, support and insights that allow them to live full lives after—or in spite of—their disease.

A unique event nourishing the mind and body, Komen Philadelphia’s Pink, Purple, Strength and Unity Conference brings together survivors and Forever Fighters with opportunities that speak to each group’s specific needs as well as unifies both communities in order to drive change in the breast cancer movement. You will learn from experts as well as from each other, and walk away with a renewed strength and unity for your lives.

Your experience will start with brunch, our keynote address, “The Wellness Journey: Secrets of Health and Healing,” and a group yoga session designed to help you get started right away on what you’ve learned. Next, you’ll attend your choice of two breakout sessions covering the topics you’ve told us matter most to you. See below for breakout session topics and presenters.


Keynote Address

The Wellness Journey: Secrets of Health and Healing
Presented by Jennifer Chalfin Simmons, MD, FACS, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
Chief, Breast Surgery; Director of the Breast Program

Group Yoga Session

Lead by Deana Bonafiglia-Ruiz, Heart Revolution Yoga. Please come dressed to participate in the yoga session and move along your journey. 

We also thank:

  • Natasha Brown, CBS 3/The CW Philly: Mistress of Ceremonies
  • Reverend Leroy Miles, Jr., M.Div., M.A., Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church: Spiritual leader

BREAKOUT SESSIONS (choose to attend two of five)

1) Metastatic Breast Cancer: The Latest in PET Scans and Genomics

Topic 1: New Findings with PET Scans & Metastatic Breast Cancer

  • Presenter: David Mankoff, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania. Gerd Muehllehner Professor of Radiology; Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Radiology

Topic 2: Genomics & Genetics: The Latest in the Debate

  • Presented: 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

2) Metastatic Care Now: Clinical Trials and Public Policy

Topic 1: The Latest in Clinical Trials

  • Presenter: Preeti Sudheendra, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Assistant Professor of Medicine; Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology

Topic 2: Evaluating New Treatment Options  for HER2 Positive Breast Cancer

  • Presenter: Sramila Aithal, MD, Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia. Director, Breast Oncology, Comprehensive Care and Research Center; Medical Oncologist and Hematologist

Topic 3: The Clinical Trials and Public Policy Connection

  • Presenter: Meryl Weinreb, Susan G. Komen. Chair, Komen Philadelphia Education & Public Policy Committee Member;  Komen Advocacy Advisory Taskforce; Komen Advocate in Science

3) Breast Disease, Radiation & The Heart

Topic: The Radiation and Heart Disease Connection

  • Presenter: Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS, Fox Chase Cancer Center. Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology; Director, Breast Fellowship Program
  • Presenter: Curtis Miyamoto, MD, Temple University Hospital. Professor and Chairperson, Department of Radiation Oncology, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University; Associate Director for Clinical Services, Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University Hospital
  • Presenter: Ian I. Joffe, MD, FACC, Associated Cardiovascular Consultants, a part of Lourdes Cardiology. Cardiologist; Head of Nuclear Cardiology

4) The PTSD of Diagnosis: You and Your Family 

Topic 1: Framing Diagnosis: Reaction and Reality

  • Presenter: Susan Wolf, MD, University Reproductive Associates. Attending Physician

 Topic 2: The Trauma of Diagnosis and Moving Forward

  • Presenter: Jamie Wells, MD, FAAP, American Council on Science and Health. Director of Medicine

Topic 3: Your Diagnosis and Your Sexuality

    • Jennifer Chalfin Simmons, MD, FACS, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. Chief, Breast Surgery; Director of the Breast Program

5) Know Your Girls: Inspiring and Educating Black Women to Understand Their Unique Risk for Breast Cancer

  • Presenter: Nia Imani Bailey M.A.Ed, RT(T), Helen F Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute. Radiation Therapist; Radiation Therapy
  • Presenter: Danier Moore, MD, Helen F Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute. Christiana Care Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program

What you can do right now

  • Please note, online registration is closed. If you still wish to attend, please call 215-238-8900 before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16.
  • Check your email and follow us on Facebook for additional announcements about this conference.
  • Share this event with survivors and Forever Fighters you know and encourage their attendance.

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