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Baystate to Hold Community Conversation Today About Cancer Prevention, Survivorship

SPRINGFIELD — The public is invited to virtually attend the 2024 Faces of Faith: A Community Conversation About Cancer Prevention and Survivorship. The photographic display and storytelling event, featuring local men and women who are cancer survivors, will be held today, April 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The event — sponsored by the Baystate Health Office of Diversity, Health Equity, Inclusion in partnership with Focus Springfield, the Faith Based Health Alliance, and the Center for Cancer Equity and Engagement – Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center — will be livestreamed. Click here to access the event.

Faces of Faith supports Baystate Health’s ongoing efforts to prevent health disparities and reduce the burden of diseases such as cancer, which disproportionately impact BIPOC communities and hinder health equity.

The event recognizes cancer survivors, celebrates the gift of life, and provides a platform for everyone to engage, inform, and learn through community conversation about cancer prevention and survivorship. Breaking the silence promotes awareness that life with and beyond cancer can be glorious, triumphant, and God-filled.

Panelists will include Baystate Health providers Dr. Tashanna Myers, chief of Gynecologic Oncology; Dr. Eduardo Nunez, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; and Dr. Prarthna Bhardwaj, a medical oncologist and breast specialist; as well as storytellers William Brown, lung-cancer survivor; and Robin Fowlkes, breast-cancer survivor, who will share their cancer survivorship journeys.

In addition to Brown and Fowlkes, the 2024 Faces of Faith include Andrew Rucks, Sandra Moultrie, Khali Maddox-Abdegeo, Dixie Rodriguez, Joyce Huff, Taijhia “TJ” Steele, Vivian Moulden, Denise Jordan, Deborah Scott, and Irvinia-Scott Robbins. These individuals are living vibrant lives and can offer hope and strength to others.