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Publish Date: 04/21/00
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Cancer Survivors Day Registration Begins

Cincinnati--The Tristate's annual "Festival of Life" event for cancer survivors will be celebrated this year on National Cancer Survivors Day, June 4, with a riverboat cruise on the Ohio River. Over 800 cancer survivors, family and friends, will sail down the Ohio River on the Belle, the largest riverboat from BB Riverboat Cruises. Guests will enjoy food, music, and prizes, and hear the latest information on new, innovative cancer treatments, with other survivors during the two-hour cruise.

"Over 50 percent of all cancers are cured today with earlier detection and new treatments,² says keynote speaker Ken Foon, MD, director of the Barrett Cancer Center at The University Hospital and professor of oncology at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine. Patricia Schoenung, chairperson of this year's planning committee says, "Hundreds of people from the Greater Cincinnati area come to celebrate life each year and to make the community more aware that cancer is a survivable disease." Schoenung is employed by the Department of Radiation/Oncology at The Jewish Hospital, part of the Health Alliance.

On June 4, cruise passengers will board at Covington Landing promptly at 1:00 p.m. The cruise includes a captain's commentary on the history of riverboating, a sing-a-long, banjo players, and prize drawings. Local celebrity guests include: annual guest speaker WCPO-TV medical reporter Bill Price, and Krueger, "the wonder dog." A buffet lunch will be served at 2:00 p.m. The survivors return to the docks at 4:00 p.m. Call (513) 867-2273 (CARE) to register from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, April 24 to May 5, or until all seats are taken. Registration is $10 per person and each cancer survivor may bring one guest. All cancer patients are considered survivors.

The presenting sponsors of this year's "Festival of Life" are: The Health Alliance, the Mercy Health Partners, and TriHealth. "We encourage business leaders and community members to work together each year to make the Tristate Cancer Survivors Day a successful event," says Schoenung.

The current list of contributors to this yearıs event include: Amgen, Inc.; the American Cancer Society; Cancer Family Care; Children's Hospital Medical Center; Merck & Co., Inc.; St. Elizabeth Medical Center; the Dapper Co.; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Oncology/Hematology Care, Inc.; UC College of Medicine; Dr. and Mrs. John Pancoast; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Laux; Mr. James Beck, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Vilter; and Gail Bongiovanni, MD. Information about the event will be available on the following websites:
University of Cincinnati
Mercy Health Partners
Health Alliance

Editors: The best photo/interview opportunities for this event from the Covington Landing will be between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. and from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Sunday afternoon, June 4. For more information, call Sheryl Hilton at (513) 558-4553, digital pager at 249-7791, or e-mail

Krueger "the wonder dog" will appear with his trainers/owners--Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hayes of North Bend, Indiana. Krueger was treated for cancer in his front paw four years ago.Krueger wears an orange vest that identifies him as a FEMA-accredited "search and rescue" dog and guests can have their photo taken with him.

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