ETMC Pin-A-Sister to hold free breast health summit

East Texas Medical Center Pin-A-Sister is holding a free breast health summit Saturday, featuring keynote speaker Coqueace "Koco" Powell, a breast cancer survivor and national volunteer speaker for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Ms. Powell also is founder of the group, "Sexy after 30" and is featured on a Dallas TV show as a beauty expert.

The event is scheduled 8 a.m. until noon at the St. Louis Baptist Church, 4000 Frankston Highway.

The summit is supported by the ETMC Breast Care Center and Tyler affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

Conference highlights include healthy living demonstrations, managing hormones by ETMC First Physician Dr. Maxwell Kwaku, a balloon release, health resource fair, networking opportunities with health professionals and community members, ETMC Pin-A-Sister community partners' recognition and gospel music by the Texas College Choir.

ETMC Tyler launched its Pin-A-Sister program in 2010 in Tyler. Modeled after a program in Chicago, the campaign uses a strategy that has been long successful in the African-American community: Get the church involved. Breast cancer survivors provide personal testimonies at their home churches. In addition, churches host Pin-A-Sister ceremonies, which allow women to pin each other with pink ribbons and pledge to get an annual screening mammograms. To date, 6,500 African-American women in Smith County have been pinned.

Registration is free but limited. Participants will receive breakfast, program materials, a tote bag and be eligible for door prizes. For more information, contact Regina Davis at 903-596-3190 or email


Breast cancer survivors invited to free retreat

ETMC Breast Care Center is hosting a free, one-day retreat for breast cancer survivors Oct. 4, featuring Shakha Stephens, a certified laughter yoga teacher and staff chaplain at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The ETMC Pink Ribbon Getaway will be held from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the ETMC Pavilion, 801 Clinic Drive.

Ms. Stephens practices laughter yoga, which emphasizes health and wellness through laughter, yogic breathing and childlike playfulness.

"It's a form of exercise that strengthens the immune system, unwinds the negative effects of stress and make you feel good," she said. "There are no contortions or fancy movements. These exercises are appropriate and beneficial for all, regardless of their cognitive, sensory or motor abilities/limitations."

Junior League of Tyler, Susan G. Komen and the ETMC Foundation are supporting the conference.

The event will feature a physician panel discussion, healthy eating tips presented by Brookshire's, lymphedema management, a share-your-story session, a gourmet lunch and door prizes. Coldwater Creek will present a fashion show.

Attendance for the retreat is limited. Contact Sandy Campbell for a registration form or for more information at 903-535-6302 or email


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