Nicholas J. Petrelli, M.D., Bank of America endowed medical director of The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute at Christiana Care, presented an educational message about cancer and cancer survivors at Strength & Survival: The Universal Language, a new community program by Komen Philadelphia with support from the Philly Pops, Feb. 13 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

The audience also heard a message of hope and courage from breast cancer survivor and Helen F. Graham Cancer Center patient Maria Matos, a Christiana Care trustee and executive director of the Latin American Community Center.

The program, designed to help unify the ethnic and demographic groups of women throughout the community, was an educational event and celebration of survival. The event was an alternative to several well-known annual Komen Philadelphia events in previous years, including Sisters for the Cure (December), Latinas United for the Cure (March) and the Asian-American Women’s Breast Heath events.