Charli Turner Thorne to Speak at Luncheon Benefiting the Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition

April 29, 2008

PHOENIX- Arizona State head women's basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne will be one of four keynote speakers at the Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition's Generations of Women Luncheon taking place on Friday, May 9 at the Arizona Biltmore.

The luncheon will highlight four successful and influential women who will speak about their lives and what inspired them to their greatness. Also speaking at the luncheon will be Jane Canby, the Co-Founder of the Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition (AZOC); MaryAnn Guerra, COO and President of Tgen Accelerator; and Sgt. Gayla Beasley, member of the US Air Force Reserve who served in Kuwait. Proceeds from the event will benefit the AZOC.

The Generations of Women Luncheon is being held the Friday before Mother's Day and offers an opportunity for mothers, daughter, sisters, close family and friends to enjoy a lovely lunch while taking home life-changing messages. Sponsorships and tickets are available, please call Kristin Cipolla at 602-432-3161 for more information or visit their website at

AZOC, which is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, was established in order to raise awareness about the impact of osteoporosis on citizens throughout Arizona via education, communication and public activity. Current statistics suggest one in two women over the age of 50 will be diagnosed with the disease during their lifetime, even though it is preventable. Therefore, their efforts are targeted toward educating women and men about positive lifestyle changes that can improve their chances of not being diagnosed with the disease later in life. Additionally, the AZOC encourages the importance of early detection through bone density screenings, and offers complimentary bone mineral density screenings in rural areas of Arizona.

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