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JSV Women's community presentation on colon cancer

JSV Women’s Community Presents

Join us to talk about survival, persistence and tenacity. Featuring, cancer THRIVER Jenessa Schwartz in an honest, uncensored conversation about what it takes to live through stage 4 colon cancer.

Skilled, compassionate surgeon, Aaron Parish will be joining us as an expert on colorectal health and early detection.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 
Outdoor Reception 6:00-6:30pm
Lecture 6:00-7:30pm 

At the Addison-Penzak JCC Auditorium.
Masks will be required inside; seating will accommodate safe distancing.

RSVP Required


Jenessa Schwartz

Jenessa Schwartz is the mother of two adorable redheads and partner to a high school physics teacher, also adorable. She lives ensconced in her village of grandparents, aunties, uncles, and forever friends, whom she could not live without. She is a middle school language arts teacher, surrogate mother and stage-four cancer thriver. She loves talking about her surrogacy and cancer experiences, partly because she is a middle child and needs the attention, but mostly because both surrogacy and colon cancer deserve the air-time.


Aaron Parish, M.D. is a Colorectal Surgeon, specializing in colonoscopy, robotic abdominal procedures, and proctology. His passion for the field was developed as a surgical resident in Los Angeles. Originally from Saratoga, he returned to the South Bay Area with his wife Jennifer, an intensive care physician at Good Samaritan Hospital, to start their family with daughter Ava.

Aaron Parish, MD