BOSTON--During its 48th Cancer Symposium, the Society of Surgical
Oncology (SSO) presented Richard A. Bloch, founder of H&R
Block, with its James Ewing Layman's Award, given annually to
a nonphysician. The award honors Mr. Bloch for his contribution
to improving the care of cancer patients.
"In 1978 when Dick Bloch was diagnosed with cancer and told
that he had only 3 months to live, he refused to accept that prognosis,"
said SSO president Bernard Gardner, MD. "He fought back.
. . and has spent the past 15 years of his life making sure others
with cancer have a fighting chance."
Mr. Bloch developed the Physician Data Query (PDQ) computer program
used by the National Cancer Institute to maintain a database of
state-of-the-art cancer treatments. With his wife, Annette, he
founded the Cancer Hot Line in Kansas City, Mo, a volunteer organization
of more than 200 cancer patients.