June 1, 2007

Event set to celebrate those touched by cancer

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(photo by Susan Urmy)

Anyone whose life has been touched by cancer is invited to attend “Living in Full Bloom: A Celebration of Cancer Survivorship,” hosted by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center on Sunday, June 10.

The event, which is free and open to all, will celebrate cancer survivors, their family and friends, and health care professionals who care for cancer patients, as well as honor and remember those who have been lost to the disease.

“One in two men and one in three women in this country will face their own cancer diagnosis and each of them have family, friends and co-workers who are also impacted by this disease and are survivors in their own way,” said Sheila Bates, manager of Patient and Community Education at Vanderbilt-Ingram.

The event is offered in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day and is co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition.

The event will be in the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

Exhibits from community organizations will open and a reception will begin at 2 p.m. The program will follow from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Highlights include:

• Keynote speaker Ron Williams, pediatric cancer survivor and paralympian;

• Music by Deep Grooves Steel Drum Band;

• Children's activities;

• Survivorship ceremony.

Registration and more information is available at 936-0322 or at www.vicc.org/2007living.