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Release: Sept. 28, 1999

UI Cancer Center welcomes actress Marcia Wallace Oct. 14

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Cancer Center will host Emmy-winning actress and breast cancer survivor Marcia Wallace for an evening of education, insight and humor at 7 p.m., Oct. 14 at the Radisson Hotel in Iowa City. The presentation is one of several events sponsored by the UI Cancer Center during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Born in Creston, Iowa, Wallace is best known for her role as Carol Kester on "The Bob Newhart Show," and as the teacher's voice on "The Simpsons." Her comedy, bright outlook and positive energy have made her a popular national spokesperson for raising breast cancer awareness.

A 14-year breast cancer survivor, Wallace uses her experience to guide and inspire all women facing the disease. In 1985, doctors found a cancerous lump in her right breast. After hearing the news, Wallace admitted feeling unprepared and powerless in facing the challenge. Instead of opting for a mastectomy, the recommended course of action, Wallace chose to have a lumpectomy, a process in which surgeons remove the malignant tissue, but leave as much of the breast as possible.

Now filled with a sense of hope, Wallace is taking her story across the nation. She continues to promote the value of learning more about breast cancer and keeping a sense of humor when facing life's difficulties.

"My story is just one woman's story," Wallace said, "but if it can connect with other women, and if I can encourage them to get a mammogram, then that's enough for me."

Tickets for Wallace's presentation are free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call UI Health Access at (319) 384-8442 or (800) 777-8442.

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