9-Hole Golf Outing

Nine, Wine & Dine

 

Thank you for a great 2017 event!

Enjoy 9-holes of golf at beautiful Phoenixville Country Club with wine, beer and a variety of snacks at registration and during play. Followed by cocktail hour with crudites. Win raffle baskets and bid on silent auction. Then onto dinner with guest speaker, Sue Weldon, Founder and President of Unite for HER.

Dinner-only option available

 

When Sue Weldon was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39, it was her children she

thought of first. She wanted to be there to raise them, to see them grow up, and to be strong for

them. As she went through surgery and chemotherapy she watched the pounds she didn’t have

fall away, lost her hair, her energy, and the color in her face. The conventional treatments that rid

her body of cancer surgery, chemotherapy, and reconstruction brought a host of mental and

physical side effects, including nausea, headaches, fatigue, neuropathy, muscle and joint pain,

anxiety and depression. These traumatic symptoms were debilitating, and lasted for a full year

after Sue’s treatment was complete. Adding to all of these challenges was the psychological pain

of losing both breasts, premature menopause, as well as changes in her body image and

sexuality, adding even more stress to a very difficult situation.

When Sue’s treatments were finished, she was told that she was cancer free. Despite this

wonderful news, she hardly recognized the woman she saw in the mirror, a shell of her former

vibrant self. Determined to regain some control of her health, Sue discovered that

an abundance of research had shown that integrating complementary therapy with mainstream medicine could significantly improve patient well being during treatment and beyond. She began incorporating acupuncture, massage, yoga, exercise, and nutrition into her recovery plan, and experienced significant reduction in pain, an increase in her energy, and improvement in her overall wellness. She learned that the astounding benefits of complementary therapies are widely accepted within the medical community, but since the treatments generally are not covered by insurance, most patients do not have access to or even know about them. Sue recognized that very few breast

cancer patients in active treatment and/or recovery have both the time and the energy to do the

research and the financial means to commit to the treatments.

Fueled by the powerful impact that complementary therapies had on her, in 2009, Sue founded

Unite for HER (Helping to Empower and Restore) to bridge this gap between the medical and

wellness communities and bring complementary therapies to all breast cancer patients, regardless

of income. In just over seven years, what started as a small program at Paoli Hospital, has grown

to a partnership with 15 hospitals that has served more than 3,000 breast cancer patients in the

Philadelphia region. Sue is a respected leader in the community and an effective proponent of

integrating traditional and holistic modalities to provide a comprehensive plan to treat the whole

woman.

Sue has received numerous awards for her impact on the breast cancer community. She was

named a Top 23 Power Women Local Game Changers by Main Line Today in 2013, as well as

one of the Top 20 Philanthropists Who Care in Main Line Today, April 2016. Last November,

she had the honor of being named the 2016 Health Hero by Philadelphia magazine for her work

as a wellness advocate, and also received the 2016 award for “Community Breast Cancer

Foundation of the Year” from Breast Cancer Wellness magazine.

Sue is a guest speaker at various events throughout the area, inspiring both men and women with

her compelling survivor-ship story and healthy lifestyle tips. Prior to founding UFH, Sue spent 25

years as a coach at AJS Pancott Gymnastics National Training Center, and has served as a Junior

Olympic National Team coach. She is a graduate of West Chester University with a degree in

Communication which she used in her career in advertising sales for 10 years. Sue and her

husband Chip have three children and reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Our 2016 Guest Speaker

Marian Moskowitz has been a principal in multiple real estate projects and many other small businesses, including companies involved in cosmetics, trucking, and various retail activities. Her most notable real estate development work has been the adaptive reuse of an abandoned, circa 1903, large factory located in Phoenixville into Franklin Commons.  Purchased in 2006, it is now a vibrant educational and mixed-use complex. It was named “Best Mixed-Use Project of 2011” by the Philadelphia Business Journal and “Best Land Use Project of 2011” by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. It is a unique project because it allows you to begin your educational career at three months of age and continue in the same building until you get an undergraduate degree. There are many other non-educational businesses (more than 20) in Franklin Commons as well.  Currently, Marian is involved in three additional real estate projects in Phoenixville, PA.

Marian is very involved in politics. She sits on two boards that fund and train women candidates for political office. Her long-term goal is to see more women in positions of power in Pennsylvania.

 Our 2015 Guest Speaker

 

Cathy Sikorski has been a significant caregiver for the last 25 years for seven different family 

members and friends. A published humorist, Sikorski is also a practicing attorney who limits her 

practice to Elder Law issues. Her combined legal and humor expertise has made her a sought 

after speaker where she tackles the Comedy of Caregiving and the legal issues that affect those 

who will one day be or need a caregiver (which is everyone).

 

What happens when a two–year-old and a 92-year-old join forces and conspire against their 

primary caregiver? The picture is at times not pretty, but it’s always heartwarming and witty. 

Elder care attorney Cathy Sikorski penned this memoir about her days as a stay-at-home mom 

whose life is turned upside down when her Nana moves in. In between the adventures and 

misadventures that ensue when the toddler and grandmother become allies, Sikorski learns 

about patience, the importance of humor and the joy that results from a well-deserved nap.

Mailing Address: 

P.O. Box 705, Phoenixville, PA 19460

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