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University of Iowa News Release

June 9, 2004

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center To Host Cancer Survivor Event

Each year in June a day is set aside to honor the millions of cancer survivors around the world who have been treated for cancer and go on to lead rewarding lives. It is also to honor the memory of those who lived well but ultimately succumbed to their cancer.

Patients and their loved ones, faculty and staff members of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa will observe National Cancer Survivors Day from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13, in the 8th floor Visitor Center of the Roy Carver Pavilion at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

"We are calling our event 'Building for the Future,'" said George Weiner, M.D., director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and C.E. Block Professor of Cancer Research. "We are moving forward step-by-step together in our efforts to reduce the deaths and suffering caused by cancer."

The National Cancer Survivors Day observance will feature performing instrumentalists, dancers and singers. A seven-member panel of experts will answer questions from the audience about the latest information on cancer research and treatments. Attendees can also view a wall of artwork created by cancer survivors, relax with a neck massage, plant flowers and decorate their own personal flowerpot to take home.

Refreshments will be served. Take Elevator F to the 8th level and enter the museum and patient library area to attend the event. For more information, contact the Cancer Information Service at 319-356-3000 or toll free at 800-237-1225.

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa'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.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

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.