Breast cancer survivors invited to free retreat at ETMC

The ETMC Breast Care Center is holding a free, one-day retreat for breast cancer survivors on Friday, Oct. 1, featuring breast cancer survivor and former Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) player Edna Campbell as guest speaker.

The ETMC Pink Ribbon Getaway will take place at the ETMC Pavilion at 801 Clinic Drive with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the conference concluding at 2 p.m. The conference is supported by the ETMC Foundation, JCPenney, Dr. Sherilyn and Patrick Willis, and Tyler Professional Firefighters Association.

The event will feature topics such as a physician panel discussion, nutrition tips, lymphedema management, door prizes, and recognition of ETMC's Pin-A-Sister™ committee.  JCPenney will provide a makeup demonstration for cancer survivors and Tyler firefighters will be on hand to speak about their efforts to help with breast cancer awareness.  Meals and snacks will be provided.

The keynote luncheon speaker, Edna Campbell, was a star guard for the Sacramento Monarchs and three other teams.  During her second season, Campbell was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She received treatment and was welcomed back before the fans.  She became the WNBA's national spokesperson for its anti-cancer efforts and received the league's Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award in 2003. The WNBA has raised millions of dollars to help educate its fans and the public about breast cancer.

Campbell's college career began at the University of Maryland, but she achieved her most notable success on the University of Texas' women's team, the Lady Longhorns, where she was named the Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year in 1990. Campbell retired from the WNBA in 2006 and worked for a short time as a television commentator for the games. Today, Campbell lives in Sacramento where she opened an office as a realtor and loan consultant.

Attendance for the retreat is limited.  Please contact Sandy Campbell for a registration form or questions at 903-535-6302 or email