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June 17, 2016  RSS feed
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Cancer survivor network for Jewish women forming

Tampa Jewish Family Services will introduce a new program, the Cancer Thrivers Network for Jewish Women, at a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres social on Thursday, July 14 from 7-9 p.m.

The Cancer Thrivers Network is for women diagnosed at any time in their lives with any type of cancer. While not a support group in the traditional sense, it is a group designed to enrich and empower Jewish female cancer survivors through activities, resources, education and humor, in a safe and caring environment.

Women cancer survivors who do not identify themselves as Jewish, but who are part of the Jewish community – married to a Jewish spouse, have children who are Jewish, or are active in the Jewish community – are invited to participate.

The free event will be held at the Tampa Jewish Community Center, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa.

“We are proud to bring this program to cancer-survivor women in our community,” says Michael Barnett, CEO, Tampa Jewish Family Services. “It fits in well with our many other programs and services which we provide to support and help thousands of people each year. We will do whatever we can to support this important program and make it available to help the Jewish women in Tampa who have dealt with or are currently trying to cope with the trauma of cancer.”

Originating in Detroit, the Thrivers there reaches out to more than 300 women annually with programs and opportunities designed to fully celebrate life and to bond with other women in a positive, encouraging and supportive environment. The network in Detroit is made up of various groups including knitting, crafts, book clubs, educational and special events.

One of the founders of the Detroit program, Michelle Passon, is a two-time cancer survivor. She recently moved to Tampa and has joined with TJFS to assist the organization in developing this program in her newly-adopted community.

“Two of my friends in Michigan and I created Cancer Thrivers Network for Jewish Women eight years ago. Clearly there was a need for this type of friendship group because it grew quickly,” Passon said. “It’s a pleasure to bring the opportunities and power of a Cancer Thrivers Network for Jewish Women to Tampa. The women in Tampa will determine what activities and programs will help empower them and enrich their lives. It will be exciting to see how this group develops, to partner with TJFS and to establish another vital celebratory, support system for cancer thrivers.”

Although there is no charge, RSVPs are requested to (813) 960-1848.

For more information on the Cancer Thrivers Network, email

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