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Activist, author, artist, and survivor Mary Fisher keynote speaker at AtlantiCare Event

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For Immediate Release:  October 21, 2013



Activist, author, artist, and breast cancer and HIV survivor Mary Fisher 



To address approximately 300 people at AtlantiCare’s 10th Annual Women’s Health Signature Event


Thursday, October 24, 2013

4 p.m. to
6 p.m.              Registration, hors d’oeuvres, shopping, mini-spa treatments, chair
                       massages, makeovers, tarot readers, caricatures and more

6 p.m.              Doors open to dining room, dinner begins
6:30 p.m.         Welcome, introductions, recognition of sponsors

6:45 p.m.         AtlantiCare Women’s Health Signature Event Hall of Fame inductees 


7 p.m.              Keynote speaker presentation

7:30 p.m.         Auction and dessert


Where:           The Carriage House, 25 South Pitney Road, Galloway, New Jersey.


Details:          Mary Fisher, activist, artist, and author, will be the keynote speaker at AtlantiCare’s 10th Annual Women’s Health Signature Event. Approximately 300 people are expected to attend the event, which will include a sit-down dinner; Fisher’s presentation; “I Will Survive” art exhibit featuring Zentangle® drawings by cancer survivors; giveaways; chair and hand massages; makeup demonstrations; mini spa treatments; and vendor sales and services.


Mary Fisher

Pink, Teal and Lavender – Event to celebrate cancer survivors
This year the annual event, held during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, celebrates survivors of all women’s cancers in recognition of the survivors of various cancers who have attended the event. Décor colors will include pink for breast cancer awareness, teal for gynecological cancers awareness and lavender, symbolizing all cancer.

Hosted by the AtlantiCare Foundation, proceeds of the event will benefit programs and services of the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, in Egg Harbor Township, and Cape May Court House, New Jersey.

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Centerpieces of AtlantiCare's Women's Health Signature Event will feature floral cupcakes in shades of pink, teal and purple.

About Mary Fisher
Louisville, Kentucky native and AIDS and breast cancer survivor Mary Fisher lectures nationally about vulnerable women, discrimination, and the experience of having diseases including AIDS and cancer. Fisher first achieved fame in 1992 when she told the Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas that she had contracted HIV from her husband. She urged attendees and millions of television viewers worldwide to address the AIDS crisis and to treat those who were HIV positive with compassion in the speech, “A Whisper of Aids,” which is included in “Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches, 1900-1999” (Oxford University Press).

Fisher founded the Clinical AIDS Research and Education (CARE) Fund at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, to which she donates all proceeds from books, speeches and public appearances. She has served as an ambassador for UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. The author of six books, Fisher’s first autobiographical memoir, My Name is Mary, was published in 1995 when AIDS was a universally terminal disease. In 2011 while receiving treatment for breast cancer, Fisher decided to write a second memoir.  “My first was about dying of AIDS, a will and testament for my children,” she told The New York Times.  “Now, I wanted to write about the thrill of living.”  Her new memoir, MESSENGER, A Self Portrait, chronicles her fight against cancer within a life of gratitude.

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All AtlantiCare Women's Health Event attendees will get a copy of Mary Fisher's new memoir, MESSENGER, A Self Portrait.

As an artist, Fisher is well-known for her quilts, sculptures, and textiles. She has also achieved fame as a jewelry designer. Her passion for art has helped her spread her message about AIDS. Seven of her sculptures are in Geneva, Switzerland at the international headquarters of UNAIDS.

AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,461 employees and 600 physicians serve the community in more than 60 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008.

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