Scaling New Heights After Cancer Treatment, Talking to Kids About Cancer, Coping With Cancer Through Music and Breast Cancer Awareness Are Topics of October Shows


Contact: Shannon Pao of The Wellness Community, +1-202-659-9709, [email protected]

Frankly Speaking About Cancer with The Wellness Community airs Tuesdays on VoiceAmerica

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Kim Thiboldeaux, President & CEO of The Wellness Community (TWC), the nations leader in providing empowering support and educational programs for people with cancer and their loved ones, will address a broad range of issues in the October line-up of Frankly Speaking About Cancer with The Wellness Community,a new Internet talk radio program. Topics includehow to talk to children about cancer, how to set goals and achieve great physical accomplishments after treatment, staying positive through music, and advice for breast cancer patients and survivors on what they can do to better cope with social and emotional issues. Frankly Speaking About Cancer with The Wellness Communityairs every Tuesday at 1:00 pm PST/4:00 pm EDT on the VoiceAmerica network at WebModules/HostModaview.aspx?HostId=546&ChannelId=5&Flag=1.

The Wellness Community offers people living with cancer and their loved ones free social and emotional support programs to empower them to take charge of their lives, said Kim Thiboldeaux, President & CEO of The Wellness Community, headquartered in Washington, D.C. and host of the program. Connecting listeners who need hope and information with other cancer survivors and caregivers from all over the country is tremendously rewarding, and another way The Wellness Community is helping people meet the challenge of cancer.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer with The Wellness Communitylaunched on September 9 and is the first Internet talk radio show on the VoiceAmerica Networks Health & Wellness Channel to focus specifically on how to live a better life with cancer. The radio program features patients, physicians, researchers, social workers and caregivers with whom listeners can connect and draw inspiration. The program can also be downloaded as a podcast at

The October Line-up

October 7, 2008: How to Talk to Kids About Cancer

The fifth episode will feature The Childrens Treehouse Foundation, the nations only organization providing hospital-based, cancer-focused, psychosocial intervention training and programming to improve the emotional health of children whose parents have cancer. Guests will give specific advice about how to talk to kids and reveal common misconceptions children have about cancer. Guests include:

— Peter vander Noot, Executive Director, The Childrens Treehouse Foundation, Denver, CO

— Heather Hogoboom, caregiver and parent participant at The

Childrens Treehouse Foundation, Denver, CO

October 14, 2008: Beating the Odds: An Amazing Story of Cancer Survival

The sixth episode will feature Sean Swarner, the only person in the world ever recorded to have been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Askin’s sarcoma. However, the story is not about his illness, but how he overcame it to climb the seven tallest peaks in the world, founding the CancerClimber Association. Guests will discuss advice for those who feel physical limitations after cancer treatment and whether every cancer patient should attempt a physical goal as well as the kind of support cancer patients need to cope. Guests include:

— Sean Swarner, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Askin’s sarcoma survivor, Founder of the CancerClimber Association

— Peter D. Eisenberg, MD, California Cancer Care

October 21, 2008: Bret Martin, The Cancer Crooner: Providing the Ultimate Pep Talk Through Music

The seventh episode will highlight survivor Bret Martin. A father and husband who battled cancer as his wife was pregnant with their son, he turned to music to express what he was experiencing. The show will discuss the social and emotional issues cancer patients face, and how song, music, and other creative outlets can improve quality of life. The episode will also highlight the importance of a positive patient-doctor relationship. Guests include:

— Bret Martin, cancer survivor, singer and songwriter, Sebastopol, CA

— Marek J. Bozdech, MD, Redwood Regional Oncology Center, Santa

Rosa, CA

October 28, 2008: Women Living Their Best Lives in the Face of Breast Cancer

The eighth and final episode of October will highlight the compelling stories of three breast cancer survivors from around the country. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, guests will discuss the important medical, social and emotional issues the estimated 2.5 million breast cancers survivors living in the United States face everyday. Guests include:

— Mel Majaros, cancer survivor, TWC Online Support Group participant, Producer of the Vic MacCarty Show, Petoskey, MI

— Maria Padilla, cancer survivor and TWC-San Francisco/East Bay

participant, Concord, CA

— Tonia Hines, cancer survivor and TWC-Greater Boston

participant, Malden, MA


Founded in 1982, The Wellness Community is an international non- profit organization dedicated to providing free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Through participation in professionally-led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress-reduction classes, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of their disease. The Wellness Community provides such programs, free of charge at more than 100 locations worldwide including 24 U.S. based and 2 international centers with 73 satellite and off-site programs and online at


Since 1999, VoiceAmerica Networkhas been providing internet talk radio programs featuring more than 100 hosts broadcasting on four genre based channels: its flagship VoiceAmerica Channel, VoiceAmerica Health & Wellness Channel, VoiceAmerica Business Channel, and the newest, 7th Wave Network. VoiceAmerica is the single largest producer of Internet talk radio programming in the world, with over 5 million unique listeners and an average of 300,000 unique listeners a month on its Health & Wellness Channel. For more information about VoiceAmerica, visit

SOURCE The Wellness Community

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