Cast announced ahead of ‘S.T.A.R.S.: Survivors Tell A Real Story’ event

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is at 7380 E. Second St. (Submitted photo)

They survived one of the toughest ordeals life could put in their way, and now, they’re using their gift of experience to create the next chapter in their lives.

Eight Valley women who survived cancer will take to the stage starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., as part of A 2nd Act’s live, curated storytelling performance, S.T.A.R.S.: Survivors Tell A Real Story.

A 2nd Act’s live, curated storytelling performance features eight Valley women who have faced a terrifying diagnosis and are using their gifts of life and experience to give back to the greater good in their 2nd Acts, according to a press release.

“This incredible group of women are doing some exceptional things in their 2nd Acts,” Judy Pearson, founder of, said in a prepared statement. “Their stories will serve as inspiration for anyone who has ever had a life challenge – and who hasn’t.”

One of the cast members is Arlene Rosenberg of Scottsdale, a release states.

A survivor of advanced breast cancer, Ms. Rosenberg concentrates her efforts on coaching and helping others achieve their full potential through self-empowerment.

An ardent believer that personal and professional development comes from reprogramming thinking and letting go of self-defeating behaviors, she continues to help others achieve greater success in life through her website,

The rest of the cast are from Gilbert, Glendale, Phoenix and Tucson.

A mother of three children who finds strength through serving others, Elizabeth Ayers Cluff, a breast cancer survivor from Gilbert, believes that having hope can heal, both mentally and physically.

This is the driving sentiment behind Impact One, an organization she founded that caters to women affected by breast cancer.

A resident of Glendale by way of Portland, Oregon, Marissa Gardner, a chronic Myeloid Leukemia Survivor, serves as a regional sales director for Heritage Communities and spends her spare time hiking, running and making connections with new people.

Her passion is to share her story and give hope to anyone facing a challenge.

A local restaurant and business consultant, Monica Castillo, a breast cancer survivor from Phoenix, has made mentoring other women facing similar circumstances a main priority after receiving her own cancer diagnosis.

Ms. Castillo helps women view their cancer journeys through a different lens via The Bald Project.

Kim Stoffers, of Phoenix, and Brittany DeBoer, of Glendale, may have met under less-than-ideal circumstances, but their breast cancer diagnoses united them.

Having founded Young Advocacy and Support, the pair proves that there’s strength in numbers, and that having support is a critical part of any survivor’s story.

Slated to graduate this fall from the University of Arizona, cancer has given Patrice Tillman, a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Sarcoma survivor from Tucson, the opportunity to reconnect with her faith.

She spends her spare time reading, writing, traveling, enjoying the company of her son, three daughters and two grandchildren, and writing her memoire, Healing Patrice.

Andrea Tyler Evans, a Esthesioneuroblastoma survivor from Phoenix, is the publisher of Frontdoors Magazine, a publication dedicated to celebrating those who give generously and work to build the future of our community.

She is a graduate of Valley Leadership Institute and an Arizona State University alumna.

Crystal Reidy, a breast cancer survivor from Gilbert, manages community affairs at Desert Rain Behavioral Health Services, owns and operates a food truck, leads the non-profit Pink Sister Yard Sale, which supports moms battling stage four breast cancer. She’s also a mother of five.

Professionally coached and directed by 30-year theatre veteran Diedre Kaye, each story shared by the eight-woman cast redefines courage and human potential, providing inspiration for the entire audience, a release states.

Underwritten by Scottsdale Medical Imaging, Ltd., the performance will raise funds to support the programs of A 2nd Act, helping finance local workshops and micro-grants, among related initiatives.

Tickets for S.T.A.R.S.: Survivors Tell A Real Story are $22 (plus a $4.50 theatre surcharge).

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