May 13, 2010 Contact: Matt Splett
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (573) 882-5663
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Hundreds of mid-Missouri cancer survivors will celebrate life and their victory over cancer as Ellis Fischel Cancer Center hosts its fourth annual National Cancer Survivors Day celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 6, on the front lawn of the facility at 115 Business Loop 70 West in Columbia, Mo.
Activities will include a barbeque, live music, games and information on survivorship topics. Artwork from the internationally acclaimed Lilly Oncology on Canvas exhibit will be on display in the main lobby of the cancer center during the event.
The activities are free for all cancer survivors and their families. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling (573) 882-5456.
“National Cancer Survivors Day is a time to honor cancer survivors everywhere for their courage and determination in defeating cancer,” said Kristen Fritschie, event organizer and guest services coordinator at Ellis Fischel. “Cancer survivors live each day to the fullest, and they are remarkable examples that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality.” 2009 National Cancer Survivors Day
The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a “survivor” as anyone living with a history of cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. An estimated 12 million Americans are cancer survivors.
“With better surgical procedures, treatment options, early detection, drug advances and the ever-expanding field of cancer research, the number of cancer survivors is expanding,” said Paul Dale, M.D., chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. “These survivors are proud to have beaten cancer, and they celebrate life every day.”
National Cancer Survivors Day provides an opportunity for communities to honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage, and to recognize the contributions of families, friends and health care providers. Columbia and Ellis Fischel Cancer Center will join hundreds of communities throughout the United States, Canada in celebrating cancer survivorship.
Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is contributing to the increased number of survivors through comprehensive screening programs, the most advanced cancer care and state-of-the-art research to help find better ways to treat and eventually cure the disease.
“Cancer survivors are excellent role models,” said Dale. “Survivors celebrate life, early detection and awareness of cancer and say ‘look, we beat it and so can you.’”
The nonprofit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation supports hundreds of hospitals, support groups and other cancer-related organizations that host National Cancer Survivors Day events in their communities by providing free guidance, education and networking. Its primary mission is to educate the public about issues of cancer survivorship to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors.
Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, a part of University of Missouri Health Care, provides comprehensive cancer care to patients from every county in the state. More than 100 physician specialists and other trained professionals work together to improve and save the lives of cancer patients. Designated Missouri’s official state cancer center in 2004, Ellis Fischel services include inpatient and outpatient treatment and cancer screening.
Kristen Fritschie, guest services coordinator at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center
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