Mark your calendar for Saturday October 15 when ‘Let’s Talk: Women’s Health & Wellness’, a one-day event to support women’s health awareness will take place at NJPAC. Deb Belfatto, founder of the Susan G. Komen North Jersey Affiliate, is bringing this special event to Newark so that women of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities can share their health journeys.

Deb was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988. After leading a healthy lifestyle and gaining the support of her friends, family and doctors, she was shocked to learn of her second cancer diagnosis during the pandemic in 2021. Because she believes it’s not enough to simply count your blessings, but that you must share them, she’s spearheading this ambitious event. Experts in their fields will share information with women on how to care for their own breasts, brains and bodies.

“Through my years of leadership at Komen North Jersey, my platform was based on a personal belief that every woman is deserving, entitled, and worthy of the highest standards of healthcare,” says Belfatto.


The event will include panel discussions on women’s health with a focus on eight pillars of wellness: physical, nutritional, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, financial and environmental. Expert speakers will include psychiatry specialist Marra G. Ackerman, MD, chief, section breast surgery at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Michele Blackwood, MD, FACS and body positive supermodel, Emme. Guests will take home a swag bag of health-inspired goodies.

To purchase tickets, visit LetsTalkWellWomen.org/Tickets/. Guests can also support another woman in her journey by donating a ticket. This donation can be made in honor or in memory of someone special.  Don’t delay, as ticket sales end October 13 at 7 pm. And be sure to follow @LetsTalkWellWomen on Instagram for the latest info.

NJPAC is located at 1 Center St., Newark and the event will take place from 8 am – 4:30 pm Saturday, October 15.

Check out these other events being held in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, plus learn how to stay on top of your own breast health.