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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.