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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 04/21/03
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Cancer Survivors Celebrate With Cruise

Cancer survivors from the Tristate area are welcome to join hundreds of other local survivors for an afternoon of food, fun, entertainment, complimentary photos and prizes aboard a two-hour BB Riverboat Cruise on Sunday, June 1, 2003. Survivors and friends will board the Belle of Cincinnati from the Covington Landing in the local celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day. Reporter Bill Price of WCPO-TV is the guest emcee of the event.

“Cancer survivors from the Greater Cincinnati area celebrate another year of life at this event each year to show that (with early detection and treatment) cancer is a survivable disease,” said chairperson of this year's planning committee, Mary Fourth, manager, Barrett Cancer Center at The University Hospital.

“There is life after cancer, and it is gratifying to see the hundreds of survivors who look forward to this celebration every year,” said Sally Kash, director of the oncology services for Tri-Health.  Registration is required; each cancer survivor may bring one guest. The cost is $10 per person.

More information and online registration can be found at You can also register by calling (513) 686-5555 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mon. - Fri. April 21 - April 25, or online after April 25 as long as there are seats available.

“Year after year, major healthcare providers work together with community-oriented business leaders in the Cincinnati area to make the Cancer Survivors Day a success,” said Carolyn Thomas, RN, MSN, vice president, patient care services and chief nurse executive at The University Hospital. Sponsors will be listed on the Web site.

The presenting sponsors of the 2003 Festival of Life are: The University Hospital, The Jewish Hospital, Tri-Health, UC Cancer Programs, UC Physicians, the University Radiology Associates, ORTHO BIOTEC, and Vitas. Other organizations supporting this year's event include: the American Cancer Society, Mercy Health Partners, Cancer Family Care, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, The Wellness Community and the Kentucky Cancer Program.

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