Raleigh, North Carolina is now SURVIVOR strong!

My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage Took The Spotlight At Fletcher Opera Theater   Nashville - To say "What A Weekend!" would be an understatement to describe the inaugural production of Raleigh's My 2nd Act:

My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage Took The Spotlight At Fletcher Opera Theater


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Nashville – To say “What A Weekend!” would be an understatement to describe the inaugural production of Raleigh’s My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage. Performing to a packed theater, the gals took to the stage as the re-branded stage show took flight both on the stage and around Raleigh, filmed for its inaugural television debut, and painting the town “survivorship strong” purple for the entire weekend.

“What an amazing weekend of survivorship,” stated Tara Dunsmore, Raleigh’s producer and owner of Pink Ink Tattoo. “Raleigh KNEW the stage show had arrived. There are no words to describe the sisterhood of survivorship and all the empowerment lighting the Fletcher Opera Theater stage. We are so grateful to Skin Raleigh, Davis and Pyle Plastic Surgery and Cancer Treatment Centers of America for helping us bring this amazing show to Raleigh, North Carolina. I can’t wait for next year!”

My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage was re-branded in the spring. The new format allowed the stage show to turn the volume up and visibility of survivorship to a new level. Included in the re-branding, two co-hosts were added – Linda Ragsdale and Jessica Meyer. Extended backstories of cast members, backstage snippets and a weekend tour of the town by the cast deepened the filmed experience for future viewers, while a vendor expo of survivor products and their services, besides community services and supporters, expanded the survivorship network at the live event.

“I can’t believe the power of this event,” states Karen Shayne, Founder of the Women Survivors Alliance and Co-Executive Producer. “The re-branding of the stage show has allowed survivorship to be taken to a new level for the WSA and Raleigh was the perfect stage to begin this amazing journey. We are so grateful to everyone who played a role in bringing this vision to fruition.”

The Women Survivors Alliance continues its My 2nd Act tour to Houston and Birmingham in the fall with eight more dates added in 2017. The 90-minute streaming special will be aired on New Focus Network later this fall.

Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease.

Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.

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