Changed by Chance…Champion by Choice » Author, Elizabeth Barker

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    April 16, 1986, 9:49 AM

    This moment in my life unraveled years of careful planning. From that day on, I was forever changed. As if I were a pinball, I bounced around haphazardly for five merciless years, from one misfortune to another. I experienced the heartbreak of burying my daughter, the joy of pregnancy with my son, and the terror of discovering a cancer that could terminate my baby and possibly end my life. Despite these adversities, I not only survived, I thrived. I learned many life lessons, but the most valuable, the one I’d like to share with you, is - that you CAN come through dark hardships to find light, love, and happiness, but only if you make the choice to do so.

    My life may have been Changed by Chance, but I became my own Champion by Choice.

In Honor of Lauren

It was mid-morning April 16th, 1986. A beautiful Spring day much like today. I was lucky to be in the end stages of a short, easy labor and delivery. For 9 months, we were excitedly awaiting the birth of our first child. Suddenly I was whisked to the OR and the scenario changed dramatically within minutes. Lauren Elizabeth Barker was born gasping for breath, fighting for her life, and we were in shock. From that day forward, my life was forever changed.

To honor Lauren and to share all the life lessons that she taught us, I have penned my book Liz Barker, Author of Changed by Chance. Champion by Choice. Due out this Fall.

It’s been 29 years, but a mother never forgets…. She’s my guardian angel. Lauren 4/16/86 – 4/29/89

George Dennehy Concert at Jillian’s Cafe

“We cannot control what happens to us in life but we can choose how we react to it.”

Musician George DennehyThis is a quote on the home page of inspiring musician, George Dennehy’s, website and one I live my life by. I’m excited to announce that Jillian’s Cafe in Conshohocken at the United Methodist Church will be hosting a concert this Saturday, April 11th.

George is a very talented and inspiring artist. His life story is as “amazing” as his music. Born in Romania without arms, George was adopted by an American family at the age of 1, began playing the cello when he was 8 and eventually learned to play guitar, electric bass and piano! When he posted a video of himself playing the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” on the web, the Goo Goo Dolls invited him to perform with them at 2013’s Bethlehem Musikfest. The rest is history. George has been performing internationally since 2013. You can find out more about him at

Please contact Anna Hoffman at for additional information or to reserve tickets. To purchase tickets in advance, send check or money order made out to CUMC; please include George Dennehy on memo line. Mail to: CUMC, 20 W. 6th Avenue, Conshohocken, PA 19428, ATTN: Jillian’s Café.

A Pre-concert Pasta Dinner will held in the Fellowship Hall, 5:30-7:00PM. Seating is limited for dinner. Dinner reservations must be made in advance. Dinner donation: $10/Individual $20/Family.

Facing Our Risks Against Cancer

Force - Facing Our Risk of Cancer EmpoweredCourageous Angelina Jolie made headlines again this past week when she bravely shared more of her personal story with the world.

Mrs. Brad Pitt believes that knowledge is power and therefore is open about what she has chosen to do to improve her odds of survival with a family history of female cancer.

Because she has the resources and support to research the best options for her survival, she is sharing her knowledge and offering to be a mentor to other women worldwide.

Cheers to both Angelina and her husband for their honesty and integrity to help others.

If you or someone that you know is dealing with the threat of a hereditary cancer, please take a look at FORCE. Also note their upcoming conference that will be held here in Philadelphia in June.