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Panelist Biographies

Emily Beck

Emily Beck, 38, is a three-year survivor of Stage IIIA ovarian cancer. Emily carries the HNPCC genetic mutation and continues to undergo surveillance for the other cancers for which she is at risk.

Emily has become an active member of the young adult cancer community. She maintains a blog, See Emily Play (seeemilyplay.mpomy.com), where she chronicles the challenges and triumphs of life after cancer, and also serves as the Blogger-in-Chief for First Descents (www.firstdescents.org), a non-profit that provides free outdoor adventures such as kayaking and rock-climbing to young adult cancer patients and survivors. Emily, herself, is an alum of two First Descents camps. She also volunteers with Imerman Angels (imermanangels.org), providing one-on-one support to young adults currently undergoing cancer treatment. In addition to her young adult cancer advocacy, Emily works as a child advocate attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

Cathy Bueti

Cathy Bueti graduated from Misericordia University with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and has been an occupational therapist for nearly 20 years.

Cathy is a 9-year breast cancer survivor, blogger, and the author of Breastless in the City, a memoir in which she shares her experience as a young widow dating through cancer treatment. She is active in the young adult cancer community and has been a panel participant at various cancer conferences as well as a keynote speaker for such events as Memorial Sloan-Kettering's Survivorship Day. Her story has been featured on CNN, LifetimeTV.com, USA Today, and Women's World.

She lives in Brewster, N.Y., with her husband and their pug.

Read more about Cathy's inspirational story at her website, cathybueti.com, and her blog, cathybueti.blogspot.com

Kerri Conner

Kerri was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at 33. Her daughter was only two at the time.

Although Kerri is the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, she based My Mommy Has Breast Cancer but She is OK! on her own battle with breast cancer. She hopes this book will inspire women with breast cancer and other adults to have conversations with young children about the journey to recovery.

An Abington native, Kerri is a certified public accountant and operates a CPA firm in partnership with her mother.

Kerri co-founded the George E. Thorne Development Center, which operates "Praise Is The Cure”, a program whose mission is to motivate, educate, and encourage underserved and uninsured women at risk to get breast health screenings and treatments.

In 2009 Kerri received the Susan G. Komen (Philadelphia affiliate) "Breast Cancer Survivor of the Year" award in recognition of her community efforts.

Mary B. Daly, M.D., Ph.D., FACP (Moderator)

Dr. Daly joined the staff at Fox Chase in 1989. She currently serves as Chair of the Department of Clinical Genetics, where she holds the Timothy R. Talbot Jr. Endowed Chair in Cancer Research. She has a joint appointment in the Medical Science Division.
Dr. Daly's focus is women's health and she is the founder of the Margaret Dyson Family Risk Assessment Program (now Risk Assessment Program), evaluating preventive approaches to breast and ovarian cancer. Her primary areas of research include the epidemiologic and genetic aspects of breast and ovarian cancer, and the translation of this information into effective cancer prevention.
As director of the Ovarian Cancer Consortium for Research and Surveillance (OCCRS), Dr. Daly has initiated studies of ovarian cancer screening methods, quality of life after prophylactic (preventive) surgery, and serum biomarkers of breast cancer risk. As principal investigator of the Cooperative Family Registry for Breast Cancer Studies, she collaborates with institutions worldwide to study the patterns of familial breast and ovarian cancer, gene-environment interactions, and the development of novel, genetic-based therapeutic and preventive strategies.
Dr. Daly is a recognized leader in the design of educational programs in cancer genetics and cancer risk for both high-risk individuals and for their health-care providers. In addition, she serves as the principal investigator of the NSABP breast cancer prevention trials (P1 and STAR).
Read more about Dr. Daly at http://www.fccc.edu/physicians/medical/daly.html