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News release prepared by: Marcia Locke, 785-532-6705, marcia@k-state.edu
Website: http://www.cancer.k-state.edu

Friday, Oct. 1, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Ladies are invited to enjoy lunch with friends as they learn about breast health and breast cancer at the Pink Power Luncheon for Breast Cancer Awareness from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in the Landon Room at Manhattan's Holiday Inn at the Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave.

The featured speaker will be Suzanne Mayo-Theus, a cancer survivor and former Manhattan resident who is a doctoral candidate in Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology. She will present "Cancer and Families: Up Close and Personal."

Mayo-Theus is now an assistant professor at Southern University at New Orleans, La., in the department of child development and family studies. She also is CEO of Mynette Management Company, a consulting firm specializing in government relations, fundraising, association management, marketing, public relations and event management. She previously served as national director of Black America Saves and as graduate coordinator of K-State Students Save, in conjunction with the America Saves national campaign.

Mayo-Theus has been an advocate for cancer patients and their families. She is the author of "Cancer and Families: Up Close and Personal," an account of her tips for family members and friends of people who have cancer. A survivor herself, she provides audiences with sensitive and enlightening stories about cancer.

The event is free and includes a soup-and-salad lunch, souvenir goody bag and door prizes. Advance registration is required by Friday, Oct. 8, and can be made by contacting Marcia Locke at marcia@k-state.edu or 785-532-6705.

K-State's Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research is coordinating this event with support from a small grant from Susan G. Komen for a Cure and assistance from American Cancer Society and the Kansas Early Detection Works program.

The cancer research center works to further the understanding of cancer by funding basic cancer research and supporting higher education and public outreach. Its programs are made possible through private donations.


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