Date: 9/13/2011

Community Cancer Research Foundation presents Fall Symposium

Keynote speaker and veteran stand-up comedienne Diana Jordan will present “The Healing Power of Laughter” at the free fall Community Cancer Research Foundation symposium.

Called “one of the funniest people on the planet” by Oprah Winfrey, veteran stand-up comedienne Diana Jordan is the headliner at this year’s free annual Fall Cancer Symposium. “An Evening of Hope and Laughter” is planned from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road in Munster. Sponsored by The Community Cancer Research Foundation, this year’s program features presentations and discussions by Cancer Survivor and Comedian Diana Jordan and Medical Geneticist Dr. Janice Zunich of Indiana University School of Medicine — Northwest, Genetics Center.

Keynote speaker and veteran stand-up comedienne Diana Jordan will present “The Healing Power of Laughter.” A recent breast cancer survivor herself, Jordan is a shining example of how laughter and a sense of humor played a very important part in her healing process. Not only does she keep everyone in stitches, but she delivers a great breast health story and message.

In her forthcoming book: "Controlled Hysteria - My Life on the C List," Jordan shares her experiences as a breast cancer patient and survivor…in two very different roles. She is also working on another book, "An Idiots Guide to Cancer Etiquette" and is already an author of "A Wife’s Little Instruction Book: Your Survival Guide to Marriage Without Bloodshed!" which sold 500,000 copies worldwide.

Nominated by The American Comedy Awards as one of the top five female comedians in the country, Jordan has performed at such legendary venues including Radio City Music Hall, the Greek Theatre and The Kennedy Center. She also has been a featured performer on such notable television shows as Oprah, Dr. Phil, HBO and Showtime. She also served as master of ceremonies for many gala events where she presented with such prestigious speakers as former Secretary of State General Colin Powell and Yolanda King.

“The Role of Genetics in Breast & Ovarian Cancer” is the topic of Medical Geneticist Janice Zunich, M.D.’s presentation. She will discuss the latest in breast and ovarian cancer treatments, research and technology. An expert in the field, Dr. Zunich serves as director of the Genetics Center at the Indiana University School of Medicine Northwest Center for Medical Education.

A graduate of Ohio State University’s College of Medicine, Dr. Zunich has completed a fellowship in Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. With various hospital appointments Dr. Zunich is on staff at the High Risk Breast Clinic of Community Hospital’s Women’s Diagnostic Center and is a member of the consulting staff at Community Hospital in Munster, St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, and other Northwest Indiana hospitals as well.

She is board certified in Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics. In 2008, Dr. Zunich was the co-winner of the Leader of Northwest Indiana Award for Speaking of Women’s Health. She has written and co-authored numerous abstracts, papers and publications that discuss genetics and disease.

The Fall Cancer Symposium is sponsored by the Community Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. working toward the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Doors open for registration at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. There will be a short intermission between speakers and a reception with refreshments to follow. The symposium is free, but registration is necessary in advance by calling 219-836-3477 or toll-free 1-866-836-3477.