Clifford to speak on cancer humor, healing

News Sentinel staff | September 29, 2014 | Knoxville News Sentinel

Sometimes it’s necessary to find the funny in cancer.

That’s the opinion of motivational speaker Christine Clifford, CEO of the Cancer Club and author of “Laugh Till It Heals: Notes From the World’s Funniest Cancer Mailbox” and “Not Now, I’m Having a No Hair Day.”

Clifford will speak twice this month for the Cancer Support Community, which provides support, education and programs for people with cancer and their friends and family.

She’s the keynote speaker for its 2014 Fall Luncheon and Silent Auction, “Celebrating the Art of Survivorship,” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Foundry at World’s Fair Park. Tickets for the fundraiser are $70 each; buy them by calling 865-546-4661, or at /csc-knoxville/page.php, where you also can preview silent auction items.

The night before, she’ll entertain cancer survivors and their friends and family during the Cancer Support Community’s 24th birthday celebration, 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15. That event is free to cancer patients and survivors and their loved ones, but register by calling 865-546-4661.

An 18-year survivor of cancer, Clifford has written eight books. Before her bout with breast cancer in 1994, she was senior executive vice president for The SPAR Group, an international information and merchandising services firm in New York.

The Cancer Support Community offers a variety of programs, including art and music therapy, yoga, mindfulness meditation, tai chi, cooking and nutrition classes and lectures by health professionals. All are free to those affected by cancer.

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