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Concert highlights upcoming cancer survivorship celebration

Oct. 10, 2013, 9:38 AM

There are nearly 13 million cancer survivors in the United States thanks to intensive cancer research, improved treatments and cancer support programs. In celebration of cancer survivors and those patients who have passed away from the disease, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, in partnership with Gilda’s Club Nashville, will host the 2013 Cancer Survivorship Celebration.

The celebration will include a dinner and concert featuring singer Wade Hayes to mark the 20th anniversary of the Cancer Center. The Cancer Survivorship Celebration is slated for Sunday, Nov. 3, 4:30-7 p.m., at the Loveless Barn, 8400 Highway 100. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m., with dinner at 5 p.m. followed by the program at 5:45 p.m.

Wade Hayes

The celebration is a free event for everyone whose life has been affected by cancer, including adult and childhood cancer patients and survivors, family members, friends and medical professionals.

“We are very excited to recognize the 20th anniversary of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center as we honor cancer survivors and their caregivers,” said Anne Washburn, MPH, associate director for Community Outreach, Education and Affiliations.

“Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center was created to provide the best possible care and support for patients and their families, and this annual survivorship celebration is a wonderful way to honor our patients and families as well as the medical caregivers who have been with them on their journey,” Washburn said.

Country singer, songwriter and cancer survivor Hayes will share his cancer story and provide the musical entertainment for this year’s event. Hayes moved to Nashville in 1991 to pursue his music dreams and signed his first record deal with Columbia Records in 1994. His debut single, “Old Enough to Know Better,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. Several of his subsequent recordings have also been successful country music hits and Hayes now records with Monument Records. He recently released his fifth album, “A Place to Turn Around.”

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