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Award-winning Journalist Linda Ellerbee to Keynote 10th Annual Mills-Peninsula Women’s Luncheon, Lecture

Mills-Peninsula Health Services is hosting the 10th Annual Mills-Peninsula Women’s Luncheon and Lecture on Monday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the San Francisco Airport Marriot Hotel in Burlingame.

As the premier women’s health event on the Peninsula, the Women’s Luncheon serves a dual purpose: to educate attendees on timely and relevant health topics while also benefiting women’s health services at Mills-Peninsula.

This year’s featured guest speaker, Linda Ellerbee, is certain to educate and entertain. In fact, Ellerbee has a promise to women planning to attend: “You will laugh if you come,” she says. “Laughter was one of the biggest healing forces when I was going through treatment.”

This year’s featured guest speaker, Linda Ellerbee, is certain to educate and entertain.

A journalist and entrepreneur, Ellerbee was diagnosed with breast cancer 1992. She had a double mastectomy, went through chemotherapy and triumphed. Ellerbee considers herself lucky to be a 19-year cancer survivor, but also says that part of the reason she’s still alive is that she insisted on being an active partner in her treatment.  Ellerbee will share her empowering personal story in her lecture “Surviving Breast Cancer to Laugh Another Day—a Patient’s Perspective.”

Those who register at the sponsorship level will have the opportunity to hear a talk from Louann Brizendine, M.D., a diplomat of the American Examiners and popular author. She will present on “The Female Brain,” her New York Times’ best-selling book.

The Women’s Luncheon and Lecture benefits the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation, which is guided by the mission to steward local health care philanthropy and fund new equipment, facility improvements, nursing education and enhance patient comfort, safety, services and programs that exceed the hospital’s normal operating budget, providing a margin of excellence to our patients.

As part of the day’s program, past event Chairs will be honored for their roles in establishing this luncheon as the preeminent women’s health event on the Peninsula. Event Chairs are Peggy Bort Jones and Dayna Sumiyoshi; honorary Chair is Carole Middleton.

John D. Loder, president of the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation, put the event in historical context, saying: “The first Women’s Luncheon drew about 150 attendees. This is the 10th anniversary of the event which now draws nearly 1,000 people to hear renowned speakers and support the hospital foundation. We hope to welcome more people to this event this year so we can extend the benefit of the gifts raised to touch and improve more lives.”

Tickets for the event start at $150. For more information, call Karen Malekos-Smith at 650 696 5908, e-mail malekok@sutterhealth.org or register online .

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