News Release

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Contact: Greg Raver-Lampman
(757) 668-7554
Greg.Lampman@chkd.org

Survivors day… extreme

Local childhood cancer patients to sing, dance and cook to celebrate survival

HAMPTON ROADS, VA – CHKD cancer patients will gather at Norfolk Botanical Gardens on Sunday, September 26, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. for the hospital’s annual “Survivor Day” celebration.

Through activities based on popular reality-TV shows such as “Survivor,” “American Idol,” “The Amazing Race,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “Top Chef,” patients and families will learn more about the long-term effects of cancer treatment and how to take good care of themselves for the rest of their lives.

More than 200 patients and families are expected to attend. Although the event is not open to the public, the media is invited to cover it.

Staff members of CHKD’s Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center have been planning the even for months and CHKD oncologists, nurses and cancer clinic support staff will participate.

The event is funded by a grant from the National Children’s Cancer Society, an organization that works to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families worldwide and whose Beyond the Cure helps childhood cancer patients recognize and manage the potential medical issues that arise after cancer treatment.

CHKD is the only freestanding, full-service children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Approximately 70 new cases of pediatric cancer are diagnosed at CHKD every year and the hospital is currently following nearly 500 local young people who have been diagnosed with cancer.

For more information on this event, please e-mail Greg Raver-Lampman at Greg.Lampman@chkd.org or call 757-668-7554.