For Immediate Release—Thursday, Nov. 17, 2006


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo Alumna to Return to Campus to Sign Copies of Her Book About Breast Cancer Walks in America

GENESEO, N.Y.—Deborah Murphy, who graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1984, will return to campus Tuesday, Nov. 28, to talk with students and sign copies of her book about breast cancer.

Murphy will sign copies of her 2005 book, "Why We Walk: The Inspirational Journey Toward a Cure for Breast Cancer," at 4 p.m. at McClellan House, located at 26 Main St. in the village of Geneseo. A reception sponsored by the Geneseo Alumni Association will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Murphy will talk earlier in the day to Geneseo students as part of the college's Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) program. Her talk, "Communication Skills: Stories About Media Publishing," will go from 12:45-1:45 p.m. in the Hunt Room in the MacVittie College Union.

Murphy edited the book, which is a tribute to the millions of people who walk in order to raise awareness and money to combat breast cancer. The book includes 200 color photographs by Paula Lerner. The photographs and stories are of survivors and those whose friends or family have been afflicted with this disease. It celebrates the spirit of the thousands of women—and increasing number of men—who every year crowd the streets of America's major cities to walk mile after grueling mile in the Avon Walks for Breast Cancer, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Breast Cancer 3-Daywalks and the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

A media consultant and vice president/owner of Lionheart Books Ltd., Murphy has spent 20 years in the media field, working for Turner Broadcasting Systems (CNN, Turner International and Turner Publishing) and starting a book packaging company that produced two New York Times Best Sellers.

Murphy, of Chamblee, Ga., received her bachelor's degree in communication and political science from Geneseo.

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