A self-proclaimed “attitude adjustment expert” will be the featured speaker at the 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Conference on St. Croix Saturday at the University of the Virgin Islands in the Great Hall. Author Millicent St. Claire will be sharing wisdom from her book “Simply Ridiculous” and will talk about healing through the process of forgiveness and letting go.
Yvonne A. Galiber, a breast cancer survivor, founded in 2007 the Yvonne A. Galiber Foundation, Inc. (YAGF), which is sponsoring the event. Upon being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and thyroid cancer in 2006, Galiber was fortunate to have access to the best support and treatment available. Today, Galiber is doing better than ever.
The foundation focuses on early breast cancer detection, raising awareness and empowering women.
Other featured speakers include Dr. Dante P. Galiber, the director of the Progressive Care Unit at the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital. He has a private practice at The Heart Center, PC. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular computed tomography, and clinical hypertension.
Dr. Christopher Seaver is a board certified general surgeon at JFL. He has a private practice at Advanced Surgical Partners, PC.
Donna Phillip, a board certified mastectomy fitter from Positive Appearance Boutique on St. Thomas will also be a presenter.
Cassandra Dunn, WAPA spokeswoman and a cancer survivor, said Friday, “As a recent breast cancer survivor, I know how important it is to have as much information as possible. It’s also critical to have access to affordable health care for early detection and treatment of breast cancer.
“I serve on the board of the Yvonne Galiber Foundation because it’s essential that we help as many people to survive this disease as we can. When you get involved, you can share the hope and success that comes from working together to make things better. This conference is a wonderful opportunity to keep the conversation going among patients, survivors, families, health care providers and others who genuinely care about this issue and are willing to take action to improve the quality of life for cancer patients in the territory.”
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the conference runs 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Attendance is open to the public and refreshments will be served following the conference. Category I CME credits and CEU credits are provided for health care providers.
The foundation assists the community with the screening and diagnostic mammography, biopsies, medicine, travel, hotel, home care, caregivers, pathology reports, and support groups. It plans to expand its services to the St. Thomas-St. John District.