Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Loyola Celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day

Hundreds of cancer survivors and their families and friends to celebrate life at Brookfield Zoo

Hundreds of cancer survivors will join physicians and staff members of the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center of Loyola University Health System to celebrate Cancer Survivors Day, dedicated both to recently diagnosed patients and long-term survivors.

More than 1,000 people are expected at the event, which will include food, music, games, face-painting and kids' arts and crafts. Loyola's event is in conjunction with the worldwide National Cancer Survivors Day, held every year the first Sunday in June.

The schedule for the Loyola event:

8:30 a.m. - Registration

9 a.m. - Breakfast

10 a.m. - Opening prayer

10:05 a.m. - Opening remarks by Dr. Patricia Robinson, director of Loyola's Cancer Survivorship Clinic and assistant professor, medicine, hematology/oncology, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

10:10 a.m. - Remarks from a cancer patient

10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Free time to enjoy the zoo and fellowship of participants

Photo and interview opportunities will be available. Call Jim Ritter in Loyola media relations, (708) 216-2445 or page him at (708) 216-8777, pager ID 11040.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.