8th Annual Pink Ribbon Symposium presented by Baptist Health

Saturday, October 3, 2015
8:00am - 1:00pm
Thrasher- Horne Conference Center
283 College Drive
Orange Park, FL 32065

This informative and entertaining event is FREE & OPEN TO EVERYONE

Pre-registration encouraged

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Highlights of the Pink Ribbon Symposium include:

Featured Speaker: Marc Heyison
Founder/ President of Men Against Breast Cancer
Topic: Men Supporting The Women They Love In Their Fight Against Cancer

Area physicians and health care professionals will discuss topics including:

  • Updates on Breast Cancer Research
  • Breast Density & Imaging Options
  • Psychosocial Challenges of Treatment
  • Dealing with Financial Stress
  • Obesity & Cancer
  • Alternative Medicine

Cooking Demonstration on Healthy Snacks for lifestyles on the go presented by AARP " Life Reimagined"

Featured Speaker:

Marc-Heyison-headshot.jpgMarc Heyison

In 1992, Mr. Heyison’s mother, Gloria, was diagnosed with breast cancer.  To date she has remained cancer free.  Since his mother’s diagnosis, Mr. Heyison’s passion has been to eradicate breast cancer.  Marc has created two 501 (c) 3 non-profit organizations, The Gloria Heyison Breast Cancer Foundation and Men Against Breast Cancer (MABC). 

In 1999, Mr. Heyison founded and currently serves as President of Men Against Breast Cancer, the first and only national non-profit organization designed to educate and empower men to be effective caregivers when breast cancer strikes their family.  MABC is a recognized national leader in care for the caregiver.

Mr. Heyison is the 2000 recipient of The Columbia Hospital For Women’s Outstanding Individual Commitment Award in the fight against breast cancer. He also received 2001 WUSA’s TV 9 “Nine Who Care” Awards for community service in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area and The Thomas Jefferson Award from The American Institute, the highest civilian volunteer award granted in the United States. In 2002, Men Against Breast Cancer was invited to join the Board of Sponsors of The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM).  In the spring of 2003, Mr. Heyison was honored by Washington Life Magazine as of one its “Men of Substance and Style” for his commitment to breast cancer and to help others face this disease. Mr. Heyison was named the 2004 Male Speaker of the Year by Women of Virtue.  And, in addition, he was the recipient of The 2004 Bess Cohn Humanitarian of the Year Award given annually by the Advertising Specialty Industry, which has over 10,000 members.  In 2009, All Shades of Pink honored Mr. Heyison with its P.I.N.K. Lady Award.  In 2010, he was honored both by Howard University Cancer Center with its Leadership in Cancer Award and by the Atlanta Braves Diamond of Hope Award 2010 Breast Cancer Awareness Day.  Mr. Heyison received the 2011 Susan G. Komen For the Cure Philadelphia Affiliate’s Survivorship Award.

In 2003, MABC received the first CDC grant to enlist men in the fight against breast cancer The CDC grant recognizes the positive benefits of educating men on how to provide critical day-to-day emotional, mental and physical support and care to their loved ones stricken with breast cancer.

In 2007, Mr. Heyison collaborated on “For The Women We Love, a Breast Cancer Action Plan and Caregiver’s Guide For Men,” the first of guide book of its kind for men incorporating a proven scientific problem solving model to help men be there for the women they love.

In addition, in 2008, Mr.  Heyison helped author the book on behalf of The Wellness Community, “Frankly Speaking When Someone You Care About Has Breast Cancer.”

In 2013, Mr. Heyison authored a caregiving book for all male caregiver’s titled, “It’s Not Rocket Science: A Guy’s Blueprint to Caregiving.”

Mr. Heyison is a graduate from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and former professional baseball player with the Baltimore Orioles.

In 1996, Mr. Heyison was elected to The George Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 1999 he was elected to the Greater Washington, D.C. Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. 

Mr. Heyison lives in Maryland with his wife and daughter.



Moderator:   Laila Samiian, MD, UF Health

Thomas Marsland, MD, 21st Century Oncology  Newest Molecular Therapies
Diane Rhoden, MD, Orange Park Surgical Associates  Past, Present and Future of Axillary Surgery
Joseph Parks, MD, Florida Plastic Surgery Group  Reconstruction, Implants & Stem Cells
Cynthia Anderson, MD, Baptist Health  Cancer Prevention


Moderator:  Kym Dunton, RN, BA, IBCLC, Baptist Health
Eric Weiss, MD, Northeast Plastic Surgery Center Psychosocial Challenges of Treatment
Carole Gardner, American Enterprise Bank  Dealing with Financial Stress
Dan Hoven, OT R/L, Jacksonville Lympedema Clinic The Lymphedema Act
Senan Sultan, MD, Northeast Florida Endocrine   Hormone Replacement & Biosimilars
Atul Shah, MD, River Point Behavioral Health  Attacking Depression



Moderator:  Charles Stankard, MD, FACS, North Florida Surgeons
David Walker, MD, North Florida Ob-Gyn   Breast Density & Imaging Options
Sian Chisholm, MD, Borland Groover Clinic  Gluten/ GERD & You
George Royal, PhD, Baptist Health, Dealing with Stress & Anxiety
Piper Spohr, DOM, AP, Chinese Acupunture & Herbology Clinic Herbal Therapy


Moderator:  Takaya Jones, MD, Baptist Health
Lawrence M. Levine, MD, Clay Eye   Healthy Eyes
Angela Armstrong, DNP, Dermatology and Laser Center  Taking Care of Your Skin
Will Nields, MD, Orange Park Family Care  Obesity & Personalizing Weight Management
Julianne Tevlin      Resistance Training
Beth Dougherty, Christina Phipps Foundation   Chair Yoga

Dana Davis, Chef, Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Art presenting Healthy Snacks for Lifestyles-on-the-Go

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