Christine Cashen, WPL speaker

Cancer survivor, humorist Christine Cashen to speak at Women's Power Lunch April 22

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Christine Cashen was already an award-winning author, speaker and humorist when she was diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer in 2020. She recently celebrated her 1-year “cancer-versary” since treatment and is eager to share the lessons learned from her experience, using her customary wit and warmth. Cashen will be the special speaker at the Women's Power Lunch Against Cancer on Friday, April 22.

The annual event raises funds for cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU while raising awareness for cancer prevention.

“It’s spring — time to spring into good health,” Cashen says. “Knowledge is power, so I will be dropping some knowledge to make everyone there more powerful.”

The doors open at 11 a.m. and the luncheon begins at 11:45 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams St., in Springfield.

Tickets are $50. Guests can register online for tickets, tables or sponsorships at, or call 217-545-2955. Raffle tickets are also available at Registration closes on Thursday, April 21, at 11:59 p.m.    

All proceeds stay in the region and benefit cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU.

Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer supporters include Leader Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois; Power of the Woman Sponsors: BRANDT, Patti Camille, Illinois National Bank, Melinda LaBarre, Solomon Colors, Inc.; and Colleague Sponsors: Janssen Oncology, a Johnson and Johnson pharmaceutical company, and Mary L. Cleverdon.

Aziz Khan, MD, director of Simmons Cancer Institute, said, “With generous sponsors like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, patients from every part of life are empowered by the care, treatment and research of Simmons Cancer Institute of SIU. We are grateful for their partnership.”

The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service. SIU Medicine, the health care practice of the school of medicine, includes clinics and offices with more than 300 providers caring for patients throughout the region.

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