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Celebrate Cancer Survivorship

Free citywide event on June 1 to pay tribute to spirit of survivors

M. D. Anderson News Release 05/14/08

 

When a patient goes through cancer treatment, the support of family, caregivers and friends is vital. So when Houston celebrates cancer survivorship on Sunday, June 1 at a free citywide event, it is an occasion to be shared among survivors and their many supporters.

Hosted by the Survivorship Houston Coalition, a group of 28 Houston-area organizations that share a common interest in increasing awareness of survivorship issues and helping those touched by the disease, Survivorship Houston '08 will be held from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at The Methodist Hospital Training Center, Home of the Houston Texans, at Reliant Park.

This is the first citywide event held to honor survivors in the Houston area, raise awareness of the many resources available and recognize the financial, interpersonal, physical and spiritual effects that the disease and its treatment can bring on. The event is open to any cancer survivor or patient in the Houston area, regardless of where they received treatment, and their families and friends.

The inspirational program will include a keynote address by John Vallely, a former Houston Rocket who also is a cancer survivor and caregiver. He will be joined on the stage by LaSalle Leffall, M.D., the two-term chair of the President's Cancer Panel, and a number of cancer survivors who will share their stories. Leading the program will be emcee Linda Lorelle.

"Survivorship Houston is an event that will honor the spirit of survivors and acknowledge the tremendous journeys that they have walked with their families, caregivers and friends," said Jo Ann Ward, chair of the Survivorship Houston Coalition and associate vice president for public affairs at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. "We invite everyone who has been touched by cancer to come to the event, share their experience and gain strength and inspiration."

In addition to the program, there will be live music, an exhibit area, healthy snacks and a children's activity area.

In the Houston area, hundreds of thousands of cancer survivors go to work, attend school, volunteer, play sports, travel and live their lives. Many survivors experience little or no major change in their lives after their treatment but some carry lingering effects, such as pain, numbness, fatigue, emotional trauma and financial strain.

Nationwide, there are 10.5 million survivors, thanks to better and earlier detection and new treatments that enable many people to survive their cancer or manage their disease for long periods of time. One out of every six people over 65 is a cancer survivor, and 1.4 million were diagnosed more than 20 years ago. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute, nearly 64 percent of adults and about 75 percent of children will survive a diagnosis of cancer.

Financial support for Survivorship Houston is provided by M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Houston Chapter of Oncology Nursing Society, Cancer Counseling, Houston PBS, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Houston Texans.

To register, get more information and see the full listing of Survivorship Houston Coalition members, click on http://www.survivorshiphouston.org/ or call 713/745-0549. Survivorship Houston is free but registration is required. 05/14/08

Celebrate Cancer Survivorship Free citywide event on June 1 to pay tribute to spirit of survivors M. D. Anderson News Release 05/14/08 When a patient goes through cancer treatment, the support of family, caregivers and friends is vital. So when Houston celebrates cancer survivorship on Sunday, June 1 at a free citywide event, it is an occasion to be shared among survivors and their many supporters.Hosted by the Survivorship Houston Coalition, a group of 28 Houston-area organizations that share a common interest in increasing awareness of survivorship issues and helping those touched by the disease, Survivorship Houston '08 will be held from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at The Methodist Hospital Training Center, Home of the Houston Texans, at Reliant Park.This is the first citywide event held to honor survivors in the Houston area, raise awareness of the many resources available and recognize the financial, interpersonal, physical and spiritual effects that the disease and its treatment can bring on. The event is open to any cancer survivor or patient in the Houston area, regardless of where they received treatment, and their families and friends.The inspirational program will include a keynote address by John Vallely, a former Houston Rocket who also is a cancer survivor and caregiver. He will be joined on the stage by LaSalle Leffall, M.D., the two-term chair of the President's Cancer Panel, and a number of cancer survivors who will share their stories. Leading the program will be emcee Linda Lorelle."Survivorship Houston is an event that will honor the spirit of survivors and acknowledge the tremendous journeys that they have walked with their families, caregivers and friends," said Jo Ann Ward, chair of the Survivorship Houston Coalition and associate vice president for public affairs at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. "We invite everyone who has been touched by cancer to come to the event, share their experience and gain strength and inspiration."In addition to the program, there will be live music, an exhibit area, healthy snacks and a children's activity area.In the Houston area, hundreds of thousands of cancer survivors go to work, attend school, volunteer, play sports, travel and live their lives. Many survivors experience little or no major change in their lives after their treatment but some carry lingering effects, such as pain, numbness, fatigue, emotional trauma and financial strain.Nationwide, there are 10.5 million survivors, thanks to better and earlier detection and new treatments that enable many people to survive their cancer or manage their disease for long periods of time. One out of every six people over 65 is a cancer survivor, and 1.4 million were diagnosed more than 20 years ago. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute, nearly 64 percent of adults and about 75 percent of children will survive a diagnosis of cancer.Financial support for Survivorship Houston is provided by M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Houston Chapter of Oncology Nursing Society, Cancer Counseling, Houston PBS, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Houston Texans.To register, get more information and see the full listing of Survivorship Houston Coalition members, click on www.survivorshiphouston.org or call 713/745-0549. Survivorship Houston is free but registration is required. 05/14/08

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