FRANKLIN, Tenn--On Sunday, June 2, 1996, more than 600 communities
throughout the United States will hold celebrations of life as
part of the ninth annual National Cancer Survivors Day. The event
recognizes the country's more than 8 million cancer survivors
(2% of the population) and serves as a platform to call attention
to the barriers that prevent many Americans from receiving state-of-the-art
The event had its beginnings in Kansas City when cancer survivor
Richard Bloch (co-founder of the tax service H&R Block) and
his wife, Annette, held their first Cancer Survivor Rally, to
obtain media coverage that would demonstrate that a diagnosis
of cancer is not an automatic death sentence.
Today, the event is presented by the nonprofit National Cancer
Survivors Day Foundation, Richard and Annette Bloch, Founding
Co-Chairs, and is sponsored nationally by Coping magazine (a consumer
magazine for people living with cancer), Glaxo Wellcome, Janssen
Pharmaceutica, and SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals.
For information about the Survivors Day celebration in local communities,
contact local hospitals or call Cindy Phiffer, director of media
relations, phone/fax: 615-848-0503.