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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 14, 2006

Cancer Survivor, Dog Sled Champion To Speak At Holden Cancer Center

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa will host a free community seminar featuring DeeDee Jonrowe, cancer survivor and champion dog sled racer, at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the eighth floor solarium at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Jonrowe overcame breast cancer to become the foremost female dog musher competing in the world today. She has posted the fastest time of any woman in the history of the famed Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska. She has recorded 14 top 10 finishes in her impressive career.

She has served as an honorary chair of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Jonrowe also received the YWCA's Alaska Woman of Achievement Award and the Most Inspirational Musher Award. She's also served as spokesperson for the National Girl Scouts Council and Winter Special Olympics.

For more information or to receive assistance in attending this special event, contact Tom Walljasper at 319-384-7353.

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI is the state's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading-edge research and educating the public about cancer.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.