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SSO Gives Richard Bloch Its Layman's Award

SSO Gives Richard Bloch Its Layman's Award

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.

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