Start the Survivor Movement

It’s time for us to start the cancer survivorship movement in Southern California.

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What you will learn

Our goal with the SoCal Women’s Cancer Conference is simple, but bold: to create an inspiring event, which will provide quality education and hands on workshops that will motivate our female survivors to implement real and tangible life changing skills beyond diagnosis and treatment.

This one-day conference is a one-of-a-kind event in Southern California that focuses on what it means to be a woman and a cancer survivor. This event promises to offer a memorable and incredible experience for all of our participants throughout all of Southern California.

What we will do

Knowledge empowers our everyday life, and allows us to make educated choices for ourselves, our bodies, and our loved ones. The SoCal Women’s Cancer Conference aims to provide quality information for the newly diagnosed and current survivors, including topics on:

  • Nutrition
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Health Insurance
  • Self/Image and Self Care
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About Riverside Community Health Foundation

Riverside Community Health Foundation (RCHF) is a long standing non-profit serving the City of Riverside and the Inland Empire. As the largest local health related non-profit, RCHF’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of our community. We do so by building and leveraging partnerships and resources to create more meaningful programs that serve the community.

An example of such programs includes The Pink Ribbon Place – our breast cancer resource center, where we offer a safe haven for all of those who have been impacted by breast cancer. We provide services such as individual and family counseling, support groups, wigs, breast prosthesis, and diagnostic services for men and women under the age of 40 with breast health concerns – free of cost.

For more information of Riverside Community Health Foundation and its impact on our community, please visit www.rchf.org.

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Our Speakers

Meet our amazing speakers

Patti Cotton

Women's Advocate

Christine Horner, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

John Link, MD

Medical Oncologist & Founder @ Breastlink

Newly Diagnosed

women in Southern California, alone.

breast cancer

uterus & cervical

Schedule of Events

8:00 am
Event registration & Breakfast

Registration and check in for the event opens promptly at 8:00am. A continental breakfast will be provided including juice, tea, and coffee.

CHRISTINE HORNER, MD FACS is a nationally recognized surgeon, author, professional speaker and relentless champion for women's health. She received her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati, completed a general surgery residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati and a Plastic Surgery residency at Indiana University. She and is board certified in both general and plastic surgery. Dr. Horner spearheaded legislation in the 1990s that made it mandatory that insurance companies pay for breast reconstruction following mastectomy. Her 5 years crusade - The Breast Advocacy Project - led to the passage of laws in 35 states and a federal law in 1998. She is the author of the award-winning best-selling book, "Waking the Warrior Goddess: Dr Christine Horner's Program to Protect Against and Fight Breast Cancer" and "Radiant Health., Ageless Beauty: Dr. Christine Horner's 30-Day Program to Extraordinary Health, Beauty, an Longevity."

Christine Horner, MD

To find out more about the session topics, select the "Breakout Sessions" tab.

To find out more about the session topics, select the "Breakout Sessions" tab.

A healthy lunch will be served at 12:15 PM followed by one hour for you to visit all of our vendor and wellness expo booths! Wellness expo includes massages, hair and make up classes provided by Karen Allen Salon, and so much more!

To find out more about the session topics, select the "Breakout Sessions" tab.

JESSICA QUELLER is a TV writer/executive producer, author, and women’s health advocate. In 2003, while writing on Gilmore Girls, Jessica tested positive for the BRCA1 genetic mutation, otherwise known as The Breast Cancer Gene. The test was relatively new, and Jessica was one of the first young women in the country to publicly speak out about carrying the mutation. Shortly after testing positive, Jessica’s Op-Ed piece was published in the New York Times about the burden of knowledge that comes with carrying The Breast Cancer Gene. This article was the launching point for her acclaimed memoir, Pretty is What Changes (Random House, 2008). Jessica is also a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of cancer prevention. She is a single-mother-by-choice, and is a proud modern, career woman and single mother – balancing it all. Jessica’s first love was dramatic storytelling, and that remains the passion of her life. She’s had the privilege of writing for many iconic television shows including Felicity, Gilmore Girls, Ed, Gossip Girl, The Carrie Diaries and Vegas. She is currently a writer/executive producer on the hit show, Supergirl. Jessica is a native New Yorker who currently resides in Los Angeles with her daughter, Sophie.

Jessica Queller
The Molecular Diagnosis & Targeted Therapy

Dr. Link will discuss breast cancer treatment progress over the last 50 years. The survival rate of breast cancer increased from 50% to almost 90% during this period. In the beginning there was a single treatment - a radical mastectomy. Beginning in the 1970s mammographic screening was initiated and proved that early diagnosis led to increased cure. The randomized clinical trial was developed to test "new agents" to eradicate the systemic spread of the cancer. In 2000 the Humane Genome Project was completed and changed everything. We went from the "jungle floor" to the human genome. Dr. Link will take us through this exciting journey and focus on the latest technologies and advancements that could lead to a cure for certain types of cancer.

John Link, MD

The workshop addresses the power of women, personal power, and effective self-care practices for healing. The session includes some imagery and meditative techniques. It covers self-discovery practices for grounding, self-fulfillment, and wellness.

Jeanett Castellanos, Ph.D.

Hope after loss provides a roadmap through the often uncertain terrain called grief. In this interactive session, we will cover a variety of important topics including: understanding the 5 stages of grief, personal steps to recovery, and copying with change after loss.

Beth Baus, LMFT
Survivorship: Promotion of Health to Maximize Your Future Wellness

This presentation will help to define a simple approach to living well and hopefully take away the fear of eating. It will use evidenced based nutrition therapy, highlighting the necessary steps- diet, exercise, and weight management, in hopes to prevent cancer recurrence.

Denise Lohman, MPH, RD, CSO

Feel like you don't understand your health insurance coverage? Want to find a health insurance option that is best for you? This session will cover key things you should know about health insurance, various health insurance options available, and tips on how to pick a plan for you.

Joanna Morales, Esq.

Richard Frieder, MD

El taller aborda el poder de las mujeres, el poder personal y las prácticas eficaces de auto-cuidado para la curación. La sesión incluye algunos ejercicios de imaginaciones guiadas y técnicas meditativas. Cubre las prácticas de auto-descubrimiento ofreciendo una base que conecta a la mujer con la tierra, su auto-realización y bienestar.

Jeanett Castellanos, Ph.D.
Self-Image & Intimacy

The effects of cancer go far beyond medical recovery from surgery and harsh treatments. When patients and providers are focused on curing cancer it's easy to lose sight of some of the other important aspects of the healing process. Many women suffer from intimacy and body image damage after cancer but don't know how to address it or who to talk to. In this session we will open up our minds and tackle those hard to ask questions.

Monique Tiffany, RN, CBCN, CBPN-IC

Trying to figure out how to navigate work after a cancer diagnosis? From sharing the news of your diagnosis, to dealing with treatment side effects, to taking time off. This session will provide information on the laws that protect you (e.g., the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family & Medical Leave Act, etc.) and practical tools to help you find your best path forward.

Joanna Morales, Esq.

This presentation will help to define a simple approach to living well and hopefully take away the fear of eating. It will use evidenced based nutrition therapy, highlighting the necessary steps- diet, exercise, and weight management, in hopes to prevent cancer recurrence.

Denise Lohman, MPH, RD, CSO

Tara Sheridan, MD

The topic will be addressing the importance of optimal eating and lifestyle choices highlighting the risk factors, prevention and treatment of cancer for hispanic women.

Christina Ruvalcaba

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TESTIMONIALS

listen to why people think this is important

It is so important… to talk to other women who have experienced what you are going through or getting ready to experience. It really has helped me through this journey and it will do the same for you.
MONICA PRICENurse Practitioner & Breast Cancer Survivor
I have good days and bad, sometimes it feels like I am going down a rabbit hole that I will never get out of and that there is no light in sight. But then I remember that I have a family to LIVE for and a lot more fight left in me.
KARA ADAMSDiagnosed May 3, 2016
My sisters live in England and Australia… [so] finding a place where I could talk with other people about breast cancer has been invaluable. To have a place to vent… I have found an extended family out here.
ANN NILSSENBRCA1 Positive & Previvor

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General sponsors

these awesome organizations support us

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Location

  • Riverside Convention Center
    3637 Fifth Street, Riverside, CA
  • admin@socalwcc.org
  • (951) 823 - 0261
  • 08:30 - 19:00