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Release: May 19, 1999

EDITOR'S NOTE: Survivors are available for interviews about their experiences with cancer, either in advance or on the day of the celebration. If you are interested, contact Tim Pollock at

(319) 351-4146 or Helen Sheets at (319) 354-5370.

Cancer survivors celebrate life

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- National Cancer Survivors' Day is a day set aside to celebrate the lives of those living through the diagnosis of cancer. This year Iowa survivors will gather at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Saturday, June 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. for the fifth annual "Celebration of Life."

Adult and pediatric survivors of cancer, along with their family members and friends, are invited to the celebration on the John Colloton Pavilion patio.

After a welcome address by George Weiner, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine and director of the UI Cancer Center, a panel discussion led by cancer specialists will focus on "What's New in Cancer Research."

In honor of this fifth annual celebration, John Anduri, a two-time survivor of Hodgkin's disease, will speak about "Surviving Cancer: Our Sacred Journey for the New Millennium." Five years ago Anduri spoke at the first celebration and inspired participants through his humor and compassion. Not only did he share his story but he invited others to talk about their experiences as well.

The UI Steel Band will perform during the afternoon, and free T-shirts will be given to cancer survivors. Children can have their faces painted, and clowns will be strolling through the area. Also, in the spirit of renewed life, a butterfly release is planned as part of the afternoon's events.

In the event of rain the celebration will move to the John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical Cancer Center at UIHC.