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First Lady Jane Beshear Announces Humorist and Author Christine Clifford as Celebration of Hope Keynote Speaker

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 27, 2015  
Contact Information:  Parry Barrows

2015 Celebration to be held April 29 at Kentucky Horse Park 

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today announced that humorist, author and CEO of The Cancer Club will be the keynote speaker for the 18th annual Celebration of Hope, an event to honor breast cancer survivors and promote awareness.  This year’s celebration will be held Wednesday, April 29, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. 

“It’s long been said that laughter is the best medicine, and Christine Clifford lives by those words,” said Mrs. Beshear.  “She has taken her love for humor and paired it with her experience as a cancer survivor, to inspire and help other women.  I am thrilled that she is this year’s speaker and I look forward to the 18th annual Celebration of Hope being our best year yet.”

Christine Clifford is a breast cancer survivor and CEO of The Cancer Club, the world’s largest producer of humorous therapeutic products for people with cancer.  Before her diagnosis, Clifford was Senior Executive Vice President for The SPAR Group and a top salesperson in the multi-billion dollar retail service industry, with accounts including Kmart, Toys 'R' Us, Procter & Gamble, AT&T, Mattel Toys, and Revlon.  After her diagnosis, Clifford wrote eight award-winning portrayals of her story including the best seller “Not Now...I'm Having a No Hair Day.”  Her newest book, “Let’s Close a Deal! Turn Contacts Into Paying Customers for Your Company, Product, Service or Cause” was released in 2013.

As in previous years, participants at the Celebration of Hope will enjoy a delicious brunch featuring Kentucky products and can shop for jewelry, clothes, books and more from an array of local vendors.

“I am also excited that for the fourth year in a row, the Celebration will be held at the world-renowned Kentucky Horse Park during the week before Derby,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Holding the event in the Alltech Arena at the Horse Park allows more women to participate and I am thrilled to once again celebrate Kentucky’s breast cancer survivors and honor those who continue to fight.”

Former First Lady Judi Patton started the Celebration of Hope to celebrate breast cancer survivors and to help educate Kentuckians about the risks of the disease. This event brings together survivors, advocates, and their friends and families. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women – both nationally and in Kentucky.

For information and directions to the 2015 Celebration of Hope, visit