CONTACT: LORI VERDICK
CONTACT: JEANETTE PECK
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
fax (319) 335-8034
NOTE: Two of the survivors are available for interviews about their
experiences with cancer, either in advance or the day of the celebration.
If you are interested, contact Tom Pollock at 351-9136 or Patty Ankrum
Cancer survivors celebrate life
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- National Cancer Survivors' Day is a day set aside
to celebrate the life of everyone living after the diagnosis of cancer.
This year, Iowa survivors will gather at the University of Iowa Hospitals
and Clinics (UIHC) Sunday, June 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. for the Fourth Annual
Celebration of Life.
Both adult and pediatric survivors of cancer, along with their family
members and friends, are invited to the celebration that is being held
on the Colloton Pavilion Patio.
At 2:30 p.m. Kim O'Meara, a breast cancer survivor, will give a keynote
speech. Kim joined other survivors in climbing Mt. Aconcagua in the Andes
Mountains in February 1995 and believes "until there is a cure, there's
Free T-shirts will be given to cancer survivors, and a door-prize drawing
will take place at 3:45 p.m. In the spirit of renewed life, a butterfly
release is scheduled for 4 p.m. Patty Ankrum and Michael Maas will provide
music, and children can have their faces painted by clowns.
In the event of rain, the celebration will move to the Clinical Cancer
Center at UIHC.