Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Well Being/Being Well Sponsors Set Standard of Community Excellence


First sponsors of UM/Sylvester’s Well Being/Being Well Inaugural Conference Make a Health Commitment

  • Macy’s
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson
  • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra LLP
  • BNY Mellon
  • MetroBank
  • Deutsche Bank
  • The Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald

The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center announced today Macy’s, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP, BNY Mellon, MetroBank, Deutsche Bank, and The Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald have taken a lead in supporting its upcoming Well Being/Being Well conference; setting a standard of commitment in giving the community access to information about maintaining lifelong good health. Featuring renowned mind and body expert Deepak Chopra and Donna Shalala, University of Miami President, as keynote speakers, the Well Being/Being Well conference will be held on April 22, 2008 at the Hotel InterContinental Miami.

Recognized as a leader in cancer information and research, UM/Sylvester treats more than 3,700 new cancer patients every year and has served as the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service for over 30 years, providing the most reliable cancer information available to the public. Dedicated to delivering life-changing science from the laboratory to the clinic, and from the clinic directly to the community, the cancer center has put together this one-of-a-kind event that takes an innovative, educational approach to help individuals maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The one-day conference will feature 14 breakout sessions and 32 presenters to discuss topics such as genetics, cancer prevention, clinical trials, coping with cancer, as well as pathways to plotting your own course of treatment, the power of mind over matter, and survival, among others. Attendees will have direct access to all the resources UM/Sylvester has to offer, including latest statistics, information on breakthrough research, and updates on how to fight the disease.

For Rick Morgan, co-head of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Miami office and longtime board member of UM/Sylvester’s Friends for Sylvester said that the firm decided to sponsor the event because of its importance to the community. “Giving back to the local community is a fundamental mission of our firm, and being able to support an event that tangibly provides a service like this is a proud moment for all of us.”

For Macy’s it is extremely important to support events that provide individuals with access to much-needed information on how to achieve and sustain their wellbeing,” said J. David Scheiner, Macy’s Florida President and Chief Operating Officer. “Just like UM/Sylvester, we’re committed to empowering our community and it is through events such as the Well Being/Being Well conference that we hope to have a continuous positive impact in the lives of our customers.”

Jennifer Stearns Buttrick, of counsel at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. added: “We are dedicated to supporting initiatives that can serve as the catalyst for positive change in our community. By sponsoring events like the Well Being/Being Well conference we ensure that the avenues to much-needed information about health and well-being are accessible to individuals who seek an improved, healthier life.”

“By creating and hosting this unique event, UM/Sylvester aims to arm the community with an ‘arsenal’ of information about living with and surviving cancer; as well as inspire individuals to take the right steps towards achieving a healthier, more productive life,” said Elsie Howard, Event Chair, UM/Sylvester.

The Well Being/ Being Well conference is open to the public and is expecting more than 800 attendees. There are a limited number of slots for sponsors. Any company with an interest in gaining exposure to a unique South Florida target audience should consider this exciting conference, while space is available. Registration is open and tickets are available for $100 per person. For more information, please contact UM/Sylvester at (305) 243-9949 or visit

Other sponsors who have signed on include:

  • Parigi Group Ltd.
  • Lewis B. Freeman Forensic Accounting and Real Estate Group
  • Elemis Spa at Loews Miami Beach Hotel and the Village of Merrick Park
  • Sheseido
  • IBC, Innovative Benefits Consulting
  • Barbara White Foundation
  • Leo A Daly
  • Chanin and Adam Carlin
  • Sandra and Tom Levinson
  • The Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation
  • A grateful patient

Well Being/Being Well Committee:

Joan Scheiner Chair, UM/Sylvester Board of Governors
Elsie Sterling Howard, Chair

  • Rhonda Barnett
  • Mark Brooks
  • Liz Brown
  • Jennifer Stearns Buttrick
  • Lisa Carreno
  • Fredi Consolo
  • Amy Dean
  • Jennifer Elegant
  • Nelly Farra
  • Denny Feinsilver
  • Nancy Frehling
  • Sonia Gibson
  • Gail Gidney
  • Ruth Hamilton
  • Jennifer Heegaard
  • JoAnn Hildebrandt
  • Sandra & Tom Levinson
  • Schatzi Kassal
  • Susan Luck, R.N.
  • Jayne Malfitano
  • Grisette Marcos
  • Barbara Pessel
  • Gina Phillips
  • Marilyn Reitman
  • Alan Rosenthal
  • Lynn Schnitzer
  • Roni Seiderman
  • Lily Serviansky
  • Pete Sibley
  • Peggy Silver
  • Deborah Slack
  • Jil Sneider
  • Rachael Spear
  • Vivian Urbieta
  • Alex Villoch
  • Diane Walker, M.D.
  • Norma Kipnis Wilson
  • Sereda White
  • Barbara Woolverton
  • Allan Zwerner

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