CincinnatióNational Cancer Survivor's Day is being celebrated this
year with a "Festival of Life" riverboat cruise on the Ohio River. Four
riverboats from BB Riverboat Cruises will sail down the river on the
afternoon of Sunday, June 6,
with 800 cancer survivors, oncologists, family members, and friends.
Guests will enjoy food, entertainment, and beautiful scenery during the
two-hour cruise. "We want to emphasize to our community that cancer is
a survivable disease, and hundreds of Greater Cincinnati cancer
survivors celebrate life together each year at this annual event," says
Terry Boys, chair of this year's cancer survivor's planning committee
and regional director of oncology for Mercy Health Partners of
Space is limited, so please register by calling
(513) 584-LIFE (5433) between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. April 26-30 and
May 3-7. You must be registered to receive tickets. The cost is $5 per
person and each survivor may register one guest. Children who are
cancer survivors may have both parents accompany them. Please note that
the phone lines will not be activated until April 26. For questions or
cancellations after May 7, call the American Cancer Society at 891-1600.
celebration begins with music provided by the New Richmond school band
at 12:30 p.m. At 1:00 p.m. passengers will board the boats at Covington
Landing, and souvenir photos will be taken. The cruise includes a
captain's commentary on the history of riverboating, a sing-along,
banjo players, and prize drawings. Local celebrity guests include:
WCPO-TV medical reporter Bill Price, Metro helicopter traffic reporter
Ted Florko, "Cincinnati Enquirer" columnist Laura Pulfer, Cincinnati
journalist Camilla Warrick, and Krueger the search and rescue dog from
South Bend, Indiana, who is a cancer survivor himself. All of the
celebrities except medical reporter Bill Price are cancer survivors. A
buffet lunch will be served at 2:00 p.m. and the boats will return to
the docks at 4:00 p.m.
The presenting sponsors of this year's
"Festival of Life" are: the Health Alliance, Mercy Health Partners, and
TriHealth. "Major healthcare providers and community-oriented business
leaders work together each year to make Cincinnati's Cancer Survivor's
Day a successful event," says Boys.
Other contributors to this
year's event include: Amgen, Dearborn County Hospital, Genetics
Institute, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Children's Hospital Medical
Center, Schering Oncology Biotech, the American Cancer Society, Cancer
Family Care, and Merck & Co., Inc.
Detailed information on the event is available on the following websites:
- University of Cincinnati <www.uc.edu>
- Mercy Health Partners <www.mercy.health-partners.org>
- TriHealth <www.trihealth.com>
- Health Alliance <www.health-alliance.com>
best photo/interview opportunities for this event will be at Covington
Landing between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45
p.m. on Sunday afternoon, June 6.