Oct. 14: ‘Nordie’s at Noon’ – Kim Carlos Keynotes Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

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What: 12th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon – Speaker Kim Carlos

When: 11 a.m. Oct. 14

Where: Redding Convention Center

Cost: Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased at Edward Jones Investments on Placer Street, Tri-Counties Bank inside Raley’s on Lake Boulevard, Banner Real Estate on Hilltop Drive, and North Valley Bank on Churn Creek Road. You can also contact Nancy Robinson for the purchase of tickets to be left at will-call at 243-0559.

Soroptimist International of Redding is host. Doors open at 11 a.m.; lunch service starts at 11:45 a.m.

This year’s luncheon will feature critically acclaimed author and speaker Kim Carlos, a motivational speaker who provides a message of hope, inspiration and humor, and encourages people to find their voice and turn their passion into action in their own lives.

Carlos was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2002 at age 30 while planning her son’s 2nd birthday party.  After undergoing eight rounds of chemotherapy, a mastectomy with breast reconstruction, and treatment for lymphedema, she is in remission.

Carlos learned about the importance of breast self-exams through her good friend, Patti, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 24.  Unfortunately, Patti lost her battle with breast cancer at 29.

Carlos is now on a mission to empower others to be proactive with their health and life.  She is a nationally recognized patient advocate and has been honored by SELF Magazine and Lifetime Television for her tireless commitment to breast cancer awareness.  Kim is co-author of “Nordie’s at Noon – the Personal Stories of Four Women ‘Too Young’ for Breast Cancer,” which has received national acclaim and been featured in national publications such as People, SELF, and The New York Times. She is the recipient of the Natalie Davis Spingarn Writer’s Award by the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship and the Shining Star of Perseverance by the Will Return Council.

Carlos is immediate past president of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – Greater Kansas City Affiliate and has served on Komen’s National Public Policy Advisory Council. She has volunteered for the National Patient Advocate Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the Young Survival Coalition.  She has been selected since 2004 as a member of the National Cancer Survivor Day Speaker’s Bureau.

Carlos is now a “recovering” attorney (as she explains) who decided to follow her own advice and focus on her passion full-time.  She left the practice of law and started her own firm, K.C. Consulting, which specializes in public affairs, strategic communications and motivational speaking and training.

“Nordie’s at Noon” will be for sale at the luncheon and Carlos will sign books after.

Soroptimist International of Redding will also recognize a Person of Distinction, someone in the community who has been a dedicated volunteer, contributed significant time to the breast cancer awareness campaign to help educate women, or who has volunteered her/his time in assisting breast cancer patients and/or their familites. Nominations are due by Oct. 1, 2009 and are to be submitted to Sheri Rowsey, who can be contacted at 530-226-4011 or srowsey@nu.edu.

All proceeds go toward Soroptimist International of Redding’s Breast Cancer Fund to provide for women and men who would otherwise not be able to afford regular mammogram check-ups.