Symposium to feature Samantha Harris



Staff Report

TROY — Samantha Harris, co-host of “Dancing with the Stars” and “Entertainment Tonight,” and a breast cancer survivor, will be the featured speaker for the 17th Bill and Ruth McGraw Cancer Awareness Symposium.

The event will be held Oct. 19 at the Crystal Room, 845 W. Market St., Troy. Harris’ topic will be “Surviving Cancer: Be Your Own Health Advocate.”

Harris, an entertainment journalist, health and fitness expert and certified personal trainer, was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2014. She shared her journey in a video diary shown on Entertainment Tonight and through an E! Network special. From the emotional chaos of her diagnosis, Harris and her husband, Michael, founded Gotta Make Lemonade, an organization intended to help inspire positivity in the face of adversity.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6 p.m. followed by questions and answers and a door prize drawing.

The program is free but registration is required. To reserve a seat, call the Upper Valley Medical Center Foundation at (937) 440-7541 before noon Oct. 16. Seating is limited to the first 300 registrants.

The annual symposium, sponsored by the UVMC Foundation and the UVMC Cancer Care Center, is named in memory of Bill and Ruth McGraw, parents of Bill McGraw, III, and his sisters, Karen McGraw and Chris Grilliot. Between them, Bill and Ruth McGraw had cancer five times, but neither died from the disease.

The program is made possible by a gift from the McGraw Family Fund of The Troy Foundation and a grant from the UVMC Foundation, which is observing its 20th anniversary this year.