The American Cancer Society & JLSN Present a Morning of Women’s Wellness

Norwalk, CT (November 5, 2015): The American Cancer Society and the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk, Inc. (JLSN) will present a pair of programs on Wednesday, November 18th to celebrate women’s strength and health.

The American Cancer Society will host the second annual “Women Leading the Way to Wellness” breakfast from 7:30 am to 9:30 am at Dolce Norwalk, 32 Weed Ave. in Norwalk.

The breakfast program will highlight the importance of being one’s own health advocate, prioritizing life-saving screenings, and building a pathway to one’s own best health.

Guest speakers include Kitt Shapiro, daughter of the late Eartha Kitt, renowned actress and singer, who will share stories about her mother’s journey through cancer and her pursuit of ‘equilibrium’ during and after this challenging experience.

Dr. Melinda Irwin, Yale University School of Public Health and co-program leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Yale Cancer Center will discuss the focus of her cutting edge research and how lifestyle and behavioral factors influence cancer risk and survival rate.

“As the chief health officer of the family, women very often put the health of other family members and even family pets ahead of their own, often cancelling or delaying life-saving screenings and healthy activities because they are ‘too busy’ taking care of everyone else. We believe that caring for others does not have to keep women from prioritizing their own best health,“ commented Robin Flay with the American Cancer Society.

At 9:45 am, following breakfast, JLSN will present Strides for Her, the inaugural walk celebrating strong women and strong communities. This one-mile walk will wind through Dolce Norwalk’s beautiful meadow trail to the finish line where participants will receive a swag bag filled with healthy living essentials.

“Our partnership with the American Cancer Society reinforces our mission in developing the potential of women,” JLSN President Lindsay Bohnsack said. “By both reminding and encouraging women to take a more proactive stance in their personal health needs, it enables them to continue the contributions they make to their families and the community.”

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

About the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk
One of 292 member Leagues of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk, Inc. (JLSN) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Since 2013, JLSN’s primary focus has been on improving school readiness and literacy among elementary school children while continuing to support ongoing community programs and Done in a Day service initiatives. JLSN has over 250 active and sustaining members residing in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton, Weston, Westport, and Ridgefield.