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October 5, 2017
AMERICAN FORK, UT – October 5, 2017 – Special guest speaker Sunny Mahe will speak to breast cancer survivors at a special luncheon hosted by Revere Health plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Jensen on October 10, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.
This October, women all over the world will celebrate breast cancer awareness month. It is a
time of healing, celebration and remembering. For many Utah women, it is also a time to “Pay-
It-Forward” to future breast cancer patients.
“Breast cancer survivors learn and experience so much during their fight against cancer; they
can be a caring and valuable resource to recently diagnosed breast cancer patients,” said
Jensen, a board-certified plastic surgeon in American Fork, Utah and a member of the
Leadership Board for the Utah County Breast Center of Excellence. “My wife and I created the
Pay-It-Forward program because we wanted to give back, and we wanted to facilitate a way for
breast cancer survivors to give back as well.”
Each year during the annual luncheon, attendees put together care packages for Jensen’s
future breast cancer patients. These bags include a small gift from local businesses, as well as
cards with a personal, encouraging message from luncheon attendees who are currently on or
finishing their own breast cancer journey.
“Every patient has a unique life story of courage that inspires us,” Jensen explains. “We
wanted to find a way to recognize what they have overcome. The bond we have with these
patients runs deep, having walked with them through an extremely difficult time. This luncheon
is a great event to see them healthy and stronger people than they were before. The luncheon
becomes a reunion of sorts, one that is growing each year.”
About Keynote Speaker Sunny Mahe
This year’s event will include keynote speaker Sunny Mahe. Mahe is a former college
volleyball player, coach’s wife and mother. She and her husband have 8 children. Sunny
loves to write and has been a contributor for the Daily Herald for several years. On November
22, 2016, Mahe’s 3-year-old daughter was hospitalized after a tragic accident. A few
days later she was taken off of life support and passed away. Mahe and her husband have
established a foundation, Miracles from Elsie Foundation, to not only honor their daughter Elsie
but also as a way to give back to the community that has supported them through their darkest
When speaking about what she has learned from this experience Mahe said, “One of the
things that surprised me is that it doesn’t get easier. It gets more familiar.”
Speaking to a group of women who have dealt with life-changing challenges, Mahe and the luncheon attendees will find that they share a common thread as they have had to develop their strength and courage to press forward through unexpected suffering.
About breast cancer patient, speaker Valerie Holt
The event’s additional speaker, Valerie Holt, is a breast cancer patient herself. Holt found herself battling cancer at the age of 12. After beating that cancer, she went on to get education and training to become a radiation therapist and work with cancer patients. Cancer hit Holt’s life again in 2015 when her husband was diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer. Seventeen months later he passed away and within a few short months Holt was faced with cancer yet again, this time with her own breast cancer diagnosis. Despite the life of trials that she has had to endure, she continues on, living in the present with hope for her future.
Revere Health is the largest independent multispecialty physician group in Utah and employs more than 200 physicians and 190 advanced practitioners. Founded in 1969, Revere Health has grown to include more than 100 clinics in both urban and rural areas throughout Utah and Nevada. Revere Health providers offer complete healthcare at every stage of life with multiple family practice locations and 30 medical specialties. As the first Accountable Care Organization accredited by Medicare in Utah, Revere Health is a leader in value-based care, which focuses on improving scientific measurements of health outcomes and lowering overall costs care. Revere Health takes a unique, patient-oriented approach to healthcare.
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