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TEDxCalicoCanyon - Olga Munari Assaly - The Joy Of Cancer

About TEDx, x = independently organized eventIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)Olga Munari Assaly inspirationalist, contributionalist Diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago, where some people's lives would have come to a halt, Olga kicked things into high gear, embarking on a momentous journey of realizing her dreams and inspiring others. Less than a week after she was diagnosed she signed up for the Weekend to End Breast Cancer, raising $114,000 in just four months with the help of friends and family. Going on to become the spokesperson for the ten thousand participants, she also joined them in walking 60km just a few days following a chemotherapy treatment. Now, her own foundation -- Olga's Butterfly Fund, amasses funds towards finding a cure. Building momentum through speaking engagements, media interviews and individually mentoring breast cancer fighters, she continues to share her story. Her book, The Joy of Cancer, plans to be released in June 2012. The memoir aims to compel readers to find opportunity in adversity. Having completed her nutrition and personal trainer certification, she wants to use the next leg of her journey to help women recover from treatment by helping them get their bodies strong and healthy again. Driven by a heartfelt desire to help others, she values community and contribution and is compelled to use her experience as inspiration to encourage people to support each other and to boldly pursue their dreams. "The best gift of all," she says, "is making a difference in just one more person's life."
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