05/30/2007

WVU to Host Cancer Survivors Day Celebration

MORGANTOWN, WV— Healthcare providers at West Virginia University will honor cancer survivors and the people who care for them during the 14th annual Cancer Survivors Day Celebration, Sunday, June 3, at 2 p.m., at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa in Morgantown.  The event is a joint effort of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and WVU Hospitals.

Participants will be treated to a free sit-down lunch and a 30-minute stage performance by a magician.  There will be music, face painting, and door prizes.  Special guest, Daniel Elswick, M.D., the on-site psychiatrist for the Psycho-Oncology Program at the Cancer Center, will offer insight and guidance on how patients and their loved ones can better cope with the stress that occurs everyday as a result of living with cancer.  A panel of cancer survivors will share their experiences living with, through and beyond the disease.

“This is a great time to celebrate Cancer Survivors Day since more and more people diagnosed with cancer are surviving the disease,” said Kathleen Murphy, manager of the Cancer Center Clinic.

“With the many treatments and therapies offered to patients, it is important to celebrate the successes and educate people that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality,” said Deborah Falconi, director of Oncology Services.

 Daniel Elswick, M.D., the on-site psychiatrist for the Psycho-Oncology Program at the Cancer Center, will offer insight and guidance on how patients and their loved ones can better cope with the stress that occurs everyday as a result of living with cancer

“We believe cancer survivors and the people who support them are extraordinary and deserve to be recognized on this special day,” added Murphy.

The survivors day celebration draws cancer survivors, their families, and friends, from West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  Last year’s attendance set an all time high of more than 500 people.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
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