By Katy Zillmer
Sun Post Newspapers
More than two years since her recovery from cancer, Berna Glover-Lewis is doing what she can to support others diagnosed with the disease.
The Brooklyn Center resident will walk the runway in a fashion show as part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Association’s 12th annual “Living with Breast Cancer” education conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. She heard about the event through a friend in her support group and wanted to help.
“I see how a lot of people look up to me,” she said. “It’s about being supportive of each other.”
Glover-Lewis was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in April 2011. After treatment, she recovered in October of that year, she said. She is one of 18 participants in the “Sense of Style” fashion show who are breast cancer survivors.
It includes educational sessions about “Breast Cancer and the Media,” “Genetics and Breast Cancer,” “Environmental Risks,” and several other topics. Speakers are breast health experts.
One of the founders of the conference, Ann Harris, said it is designed to provide people with current research about breast health along with nutrition, care, prevention and meditation information, according to a press release from the Breast Cancer Awareness Association.
“There are new developments in breast cancer treatments and prevention making headlines every week, and it’s difficult for people to comprehend it all and determine how it might help them, especially when trying to understand and make sense of their diagnosis,” said Harris, a registered nurse and breast cancer survivor.
For Glover-Lewis, the fashion show at the end of the conference will provide continued healing after her diagnosis and treatment.
“It is definitely making me get more confident and joyful about living life to its fullest each day,” Glover-Lewis said.
Breast Cancer Awareness Association’s 12th annual “Living with Breast Cancer,” education conference, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis.
Tickets are $20-$45.
Visit bcaamn.org or call 651-487-3578 for more information about conference topics and tickets.
Contact Katy Zillmer at [email protected]