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Breast Cancer Retreat: "A Journey of Courage and Hope Women and Women Who Support Them"

The Johns Hopkins breast cancer retreat is designed for women living with breast cancer metastases and their adult daughter, mother, sister, friend, etc., who supports them through their breast cancer experience. 

Confronting breast cancer can be a challenging undertaking for even the strongest relationships.  Dealing with the chronic nature of Stage IV breast cancer requires endurance and hope, support and sharing for the survivor and her caregiver.   

This weekend event is an opportunity for women and female caregivers to retreat from the routines of treatment and daily life to experience a program of individual and mutual healing and renewal.  All will share their journey with others on a similar path.  Ideas will be exchanged about the challenges and struggles as well as ways of coping and finding hope in the present.  The retreat is a time for respite, reflection and sharing. 

WHEN:  April 7, 8 and 9

WHERE: Bon Secours Spiritual Center

“Located just off Route 70 at the border of Howard and Carroll Counties in south central Maryland, Bon Secours Spiritual Center is easily accessible to the Baltimore / Washington Region. The Spiritual Center sits at the highest point of 313 acres of pastures and woodlands adjacent to Patapsco State Park and commands spectacular views of some of Maryland's most beautiful countryside.”            

For additional overnight accom- modations, contact Bon Secours Spiritual Center: (410) 442-1320       

The Johns Hopkins Breast Center Program Facilitators

Lillie D. Shockney, MAS, RN

Mary Capano, MSN, RN, CNBN

Certified Navigator Breast Nurse

Angie Cramer, BSN, RN

Oncology Nurse Navigator

Judy Matthews
Lead Survivor Volunteer

*SCHEDULE NOTE:  For your traveling convenience, check in and registration will be open on Friday beginning at 3pm.  Dinner will be available that evening at 6pm followed by introduction of the retreat program at 7:30 pm.  Program ends promptly Sunday, 3 pm.


Attendance is limited to 12 survivors and their female guest.    This free retreat includes meals and 2 nights lodging, use of facility and program.  See back of brochure for exclusions for attending. 
For more information, contact:  
Mary Capano, MSN, RN, CN-BN via phone at 443-287-0592 or email

Download Registration brochure 

REGISTRATION EXCLUSIONS:  Please do not register if you have attended any prior Johns Hopkins Breast Cancer Metastatic Retreat OR are too ill to attend a full program.   Adult children, if attending, must be over age 18.