"Unexpected Gifts"

Singer, songwriter, speaker and breast cancer survivor, Marcy Brenner, shares her inspiring personal story of cancer survivorship.  Marcy is the subject of an award-winning documentary Dead Girl Walking, which chronicles the challenges of her cancer diagnoses and treatment.  Her message combines her story and her music with segments from the documentary.

"We focused on finding the unique, something different from our usual educational talks,

support groups, therapies, etc. We really like the night to be a break from the norm."

Story - Film - Music

Marcy was phenomenal and exceeded all my expectations. Her approach of sharing her journey through spoken word, film, and music was the "spice" we were looking for to set this program apart from our usual schedule. Our non-breast survivors were delighted that Marcy's message was so universal they felt just as included in her story. Marcy used the right amount of honesty, vulnerability, hope, humor, and gratitude to make her story relatable to everyone.  The night was filled with music, laughs, and sharing. 

After the program, everyone wanted to speak to Marcy and Lou. They both patiently spent an hour sharing stories with individuals and providing encouragement to those newly diagnosed or still in treatment.

We are so thankful we were able to work with Marcy and Lou to put on such an uplifting program for our survivors.

Gina Crooks
Program Coordinator

Survivorship Services

Mount Carmel Hospital Systems

Podcast Interview with Joni Advent Maher of "Revolutionary Heart"


Allegheny Hospital, Celebration of Life, Pittsburgh, PA

BreastFest Film Festival, Toronto, CANADA (Amazing Grace Award)

Business/Professional Women's Symposium, "Empowering Women: Body, Mind & Spirit," Kitty Hawk, NC

Cancer In The Family,  Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine, Bar Harbor, ME

Celebration On The Hill, NC Ambassador, Washington, DC

Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Nat'l Community Committee Annual Meeting, Chapel Hill, NC

Christian Breast Cancer Support Group, Kitty Hawk, NC

Comprehensive Cancer Coalition annual meeting, Greenville, NC

Dare County Relay for Life, Currituck, NC

Dartmouth University Medical Center, Hanover, NH

Duke University Hospital, film screening and concert, Durham, NC

Get Pinked, OBX Hospital Breast Cancer Awareness, Kitty Hawk, NC

Gifford Medical Center, Sharon, VT

Hyde County Relay For Life, Carawan, NC

The James Cancer Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

LunaFest, Nags Head, NC

Making Strides for a Cure, Raleigh, NC

Mommy & Me Survivor Lunch, Greenville, NC

Mount Carmel Haven of Hope, Columbus, OH

Multi-Generational Ladies Luncheon, Tarborro, NC

Music With A Message, Riviera Theater, Buffalo, NY

Music With A Message, Universal Unitarian Church, Pittsburg, PA

NCCAT workshops - Living on the Edge, Writing The Blues and Woman of Aviation, Ocracoke, NC

OBX Cancer Center, Nags Head, NC film presentation, Q&A, concert

Ocracoke Community, "Dead Girl Walking" premier, Deepwater Theater

Share, Los Angeles, CA (Self-Help Awards)

Survivor Celebration  - ECU Breast Imaging Center, Greenville, NC

ToLife keynote in Albany, NY

Walk for Hope, Edgecomb Hospital, keynote and workshop, Tarborro, NC

Walking In Her Shoes, panel discussion leader, Genetic Alliance Annual Meeting, Bethesda MD

dead girl walking

Marcy's Podcast Conversation with Joni Advent Maher
"Are You Living The Life You Want?
April 2018