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Exceptional Resilience: Cancer Survivorship Conference Speakers Inspire

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"Remarkable" is an overused adjective.

Dravecky .jpgBut it fits each of the four keynote speakers at Anderson Network's Cancer Survivorship Conference Sept. 16-17 at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside.

Three were already on the path to success when cancer struck.

PromoLargePadilla.jpgDave Dravecky was a star pitcher for the San Francisco Giants when a desmoid tumor on his pitching arm ended his career.

Barbara Padilla was a talented young soprano hoping to be an opera star when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

rueffert clan.jpgAnd Hans Rueffert had just made it to the finals on the first season of "The Next Food Network Star" when a diagnosis of gastric cancer sidelined him.

The fourth, -- Sean Swarner, -- was just 13 when he was diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin's lymphoma.
swarnersm.jpgThree years later, he faced and beat another cancer -- Askin's sarcoma.

Swarner went on to become an elite athlete who competes in Ironman competitions and was the first cancer survivor to climb Mount Everest.


What these survivors share, beyond their triumph over cancer, is talent, perseverance and a commitment to share their stories with others going through difficult times.

Please join us for the conference, which is open to all cancer patients and survivors, no matter where they were treated, as well as caregivers and health care professionals.

It's the place to learn more about the issues cancer survivors face, meet MD Anderson experts, take wellness classes and connect with others.

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