The Women Survivors Alliance Brings Cancer Survivors to “SURVIVORville!”

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Nashville Poised to Host the Largest Celebration in the Country on 2015 National Cancer Survivors Day

Nashville will become SURVIVORville in celebration of 28th annual National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 7, 2015. Thousands of survivors of all cancers from around the country and the world, along with their family and friends, will come together in the city for a full weekend of education, inspiration and life application.

SURVIVORville is organized by the Women Survivors Alliance (WSA). The 2015 event (formerly known as the National Women’s Survivors Convention) will be the organization’s third international gathering.

SURVIVORville kicks off on Friday, June 5, with the Celebrate SURVIVORS Golf Tournament. Open to the public, this tourney will be played at Gaylord Springs Golf Links. Later that evening, things really start to rock at Gaylord Opryland Resort as the 2015 Honorary Chair, Nashville’s own Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion skater, Scott Hamilton, welcomes attendees with music and celebration.

Saturday, June 6, SURVIVORville opens a day of survivor education with “A Morning with Scott Hamilton,” followed by national caliber speakers sharing their knowledge for navigating survivorship. The targeted topics include fear and distress, relationship issues, nutrition, exercise, mentoring, inspiration and more. Then Saturday evening, ten survivors will share their stories of their 2nd acts in the live stage show performance “My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage.” This moving performance, open to attendees and the public at large, will celebrate how they’re using their gifts of time and experience to give back to society for the greater good.

When National Cancer Survivors Day dawns on Sunday morning, so will a new day in survivorship, as Nashville stands poised to be the largest cancer survivor celebration this country has ever seen!

In partnership with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, Nashville Metro Parks, and the Tennessee Cancer Coalition, the SURVIVORville celebration is open to the public and will include:

The 3rd annual Celebrate SURVIVORS 5K Walk/Run
SURVIVORS Square – located at Public Square Park and featuring vendor, resource and activity booths, and food trucks
Fabulous live entertainment
Shopping, dining and seeing the sites of Nashville

“Cancer doesn’t end when treatment does,” WSA co-founder and Nashville resident Karen Shayne says. “America’s 18 million survivors face physical, emotional, psychosocial, and financial challenges as a result of their cancer diagnosis and treatment. Many are confronted with limited access to specialists, inadequate or no insurance, difficulty finding or returning to employment. SURVIVORville addresses those issues head on and works to help women re-enter their lives after a cancer diagnosis.”

About the Women Survivors Alliance
Because cancer doesn’t end when treatment does, the mission of the Women Survivors Alliance is to establish a network where women affected by ALL cancers can find their voice, improve their quality of life, and embrace their 2nd Acts. SURVIVORville is one of the WSA’s Three Ribbons of Support. For more information contact co-founders Judy Pearson, judy(at)womensurvivorsalliance(dot)org, or Karen Shayne, karen(at)SurvivorsConvention(dot)com, 615-719-0741,


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