First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Beshear announces Actress Fran Drescher as Celebration of Hope Speaker

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 06, 2010  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear announced today that actress and cancer survivor Fran Drescher will be speaking as part of the 13th annual Celebration of Hope luncheon.

Ms. Drescher is best known for playing the unforgettable Fran Fine in the hit television show, The Nanny, and for her memorable roles in Saturday Night Fever, This is Spinal Tap and Jack. After two years of symptoms and repeated misdiagnosis, in 2000 Ms. Drescher was treated for uterine cancer. Her difficult struggle against this disease led her to author the book, Cancer Schmancer, and launch a national awareness campaign sharing the same name. She remains devoted to empowering women across the country to take control of their health, and to raising awareness about breast and gynecological cancer.

“Ms. Drescher’s commitment to turning her own personal hardship into help for others in inspiring,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Her bold, creative approach to educating women across the country about cancer prevention and detection carries her signature sense of fearlessness,” said Mrs. Beshear. “I am delighted to have her play a part in honoring Kentucky’s breast cancer survivors.”

The 2010 Celebration of Hope honoring breast cancer survivors will be held on Monday, May 3 at the Frankfort Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. The luncheon was initiated by former First Lady Judi Patton and has since developed into a celebration of survivorship as well as an opportunity to educate Kentucky’s women on the issue of breast cancer awareness.

“As a cancer survivor, I know just how important it is to treat each day as a gift,” said Ms. Drescher. “The Celebration of Hope not only offers the opportunity for survivors to join together in recognizing their victory over breast cancer, but the chance to serve as an example of strength, resilience and optimism for women across Kentucky. Bad things happen to good people, but what we do with it, how we grow through it, and what becomes of us as a result makes all the difference."

In addition to the luncheon, the Governor’s Mansion and Capitol Rotunda are open to all attendees for tours. Downtown Frankfort will shuttle guests from the Frankfort Convention Center to the mansion and back.

This year, the city of Frankfort is also going “pink” in honor of the cancer survivor celebration. Downtown Frankfort businesses will be decorating their window displays pink and offering discounts for shoppers.

For more information about the Celebration of Hope and to sign up to attend, visit: As always, the luncheon is free for all breast cancer survivors.