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Cancer Survivors Invited to ‘Keep on Dancing’at 16th Annual Patient and Caregiver Conference

Cancer Survivors Invited to ‘Keep on Dancing’at 16th Annual Patient and Caregiver Conference
M. D. Anderson News Release 07/29/04

In 1990, Kevin Sharp made a wish. He wanted to meet David Foster, a producer/performer in the music business. While it was a normal wish for a teenager who aspired to be a country singer, it was made under extraordinary circumstances. Sharp was dealing with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma that had spread to his lungs. He didn’t know if he would live to realize his dreams.

 

Kevin Smith Photo

Kevin Smith

Now, as the opening speaker at Anderson Network’s Living Fully With Cancer Conference, Sharp will tell how the Make-A-Wish Foundation played fairy godmother, waved its magic wand and introduced him to Foster. Then, he will sing some of the award-winning songs from his album, Measure of a Man.

The music won’t stop there. Following the theme of “Keep on Dancing,” Sharp will be joined at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside, Sept. 9-11, by Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo, and the “Up, Up and Away” sounds from their days with The 5th Dimension. Davis is a prostate cancer survivor and McCoo was his caregiver.

Other activities will include 26 breakout sessions on issues important to cancer patients and caregivers and a panel of medical experts led by John Mendelsohn, M.D., president of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. A survivor panel will feature Janice Workcuff, a breast cancer survivor and past president of the Houston Chapter of 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. 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.

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.

For more information or to register, call (713) 792-2553, toll-free (800) 345-6324, or log on to the Web site at www.mdanderson.org/patientconference. The Anderson Network, a patient-to-patient support organization, is a program of the Department of Volunteer Services at M. D. Anderson.


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