All good things begin with hope

    CALGARY, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - A unique and innovative gathering of cancer
survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals called the Inspiring Hope
2008 Conference will take place in Calgary for the first time this year.
    "We want people to know that there is support and help available," says
Pat Davis, a survivor of endometrial cancer and Canadian Cancer Society
volunteer. "Next to receiving the best medical treatment available, it's very
important to have the right kind of emotional and practical support when you
need it, too."
    Davis's husband, Don, took on the caregiver role shortly after Davis was
diagnosed in 2003 and was there for her throughout her treatment and recovery.
Their combined experience makes them the perfect pair to emcee the Canadian
Cancer Society's inaugural Inspiring Hope 2008 Conference, scheduled to take
place in Calgary October 17-19, 2008.
    "It's important to keep a positive attitude," says Davis, who also
volunteers with CancerConnection, the Society's one-on-one peer support
program that matches up cancer survivors with the newly-diagnosed. "This
conference will encourage people to find the help they need to do that."
    The Inspiring Hope 2008 Conference will bring together Albertans living
with cancer, their family members and caregivers, plus healthcare
professionals and numerous speakers, including best-selling author Phil
Callaway and Reverend Bob Glasgow, the head of the Rockyview Hospital grief
support program and a pioneer in the field.
    The purpose of the conference is to inform cancer patients and their
caregivers of the practical and emotional support that's available. As
survivors know, fighting cancer is more than taking tests and undergoing
treatment. It is about staying positive, finding the right information, making
important decisions, and maintaining strength. For people living with cancer,
it's also about building a team of family and friends to walk with during and
after the experience.
    For more information or to register for the conference, go to or call (403) 259-2002 or toll-free at 1 877 259-2003.
The deadline for registration is October 10, 2008.

    About the Canadian Cancer Society

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization
of volunteers and employees whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the
enhancement of the quality of life for people living with cancer. When you
want to know more about cancer, visit our website at or call our
toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For further information:

For further information: Deanna Kraus at (403) 541-5375, Media Relations
Specialist, Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division,

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