Valley Cancer Survivors Paint Palm Valley Country Club Pink

Live music, motivational speeches and pink hat parade honor local survivors

Palm Desert, Calif. – Women from across the Coachella Valley are coming together to celebrate life after breast cancer on Sunday, September 9 at Palm Valley Country Club. The event, the second annual Inland Empire Susan G. Komen for the Cure Brunch, brings survivors, families and friends together to share stories, food and support.

“I got involved with this event a few years ago because I have family members and close friends who have fought breast cancer,” said Danielle Pinkerton, event chair and owner of Pink Tanning and Body Spa. “I want to let our local community of cancer survivors know that there is a local network of support.” In addition to planning the brunch, Danielle also has given free spa treatments for National Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day the past two years.

The brunch will feature two riveting speakers, a raffle and live music throughout. Last year more than 90 attended the event, many donning crazy pink hats – a tradition that will be continued this year.

Dechen Farrow, owner of Superior Health Nutrition, will open the event at 10:00 a.m. with a talk on holistic therapies that can enhance recovery during and after traditional cancer treatments, like chemo and radiation. Dechen will discuss how nutritional response therapy and supplements affect illness and recovery.

Author and motivational speaker, Regina Savage will follow Dechen with a talk about the struggles and successes she endured during and after her bout with breast cancer. Savage works to help women find the humor in their illness, giving them the inner strength they need to keep going, even in their darkest days. Most of the proceeds from her book, Mirror Makeovers and Savvy Insights for the Everyday Gal for Surviving Caners and Baldness with a Sense of Humor help fund events that build stronger networks for cancer survivors.

After brunch, all attendees are encouraged to take part in the highlight of the afternoon, a pink hat parade, giving everyone a change to be silly and have fun. The three in the wildest hats will receive gift baskets, provided by CV Strategies, an Indian Wells strategic communications firm.

Attendees will have a chance to win gift certificates and prizes in a raffle. Everyone will also receive a special parting gift. Throughout the afternoon Dreams, a local band featuring Willy Bonnar and Nicky Vallee, will perform live contemporary rock and jazz.

Tickets to this event, $20, can be purchased online at www.komenie.org. Invite a breast cancer survivor in your life to enjoy this fun-filled Sunday brunch.

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