Cancer Survivors Invited to ‘Keep on Dancing’ at 16th Annual Living Fully With Cancer Conference
M. D. Anderson News Release 06/30/04
When he was first diagnosed with cancer in 1985, LeRoy Metz decided to move forward. As he told other cancer survivors in the Anderson Network Hospitality Room at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, “I just keep on dancing.”
And so he did, for 18 years — many healthy years punctuated by cancer recurrences — until he died in 2003. Through it all, he never lost his sense of humor or his spunk. That’s why Anderson Network chose his theme for its 16th annual Living Fully With Cancer Patient and Caregiver Conference, Sept. 9-11, at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside.
Keynote speakers and entertainers Kevin Sharp, Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo will carry on LeRoy’s message. Sharp, an award-winning country singer and survivor of Ewing’s sarcoma, will share his story and songs while Davis and McCoo, a prostate cancer survivor and caregiver, will take participants “Up, Up and Away” with the sounds of The 5th Dimension, the group they sang with for more than a decade.
Other activities will include 26 breakout sessions on issues important to cancer patients and caregivers and a panel of medical experts led by M. D. Anderson President John Mendelsohn, M.D. A survivor panel will feature Janice Workcuff, a breast cancer survivor and past president of the Sisters Network Inc., and Martin Raber, M.D., clinical professor of experimental therapeutics at M. D. Anderson and a lymphoma survivor.
Besides being filled with a wealth of health information, the conference has plenty of fun events planned. There’s time to tango with old friends and two-step with new ones at the Thursday night mixer, then time to laugh at the Friday evening banquet with comedienne Loretta LaRoche.
Thanks to the generosity of M. D. Anderson, corporations and individuals, the cost of the conference is kept low at $60 per person. It is open to all cancer patients, regardless of where treatment was received, as well as their family and friends. Some scholarships are available.
For more information or to register, log on to the Web site at www.mdanderson.org/patientconferenceor call (713) 792-2553, toll-free (800) 345-6324. The Anderson Network is a program of the Department of Volunteer Services at M. D. Anderson.