MEDIA ADVISORY: A Special Day for Those Who Cherish Every Day: Survivorship Celebration

September 11, 2010

WHAT:
A Special Day for Those Who Cherish Every Day: Survivorship Celebration
Nationwide Children’s Hospital cancer survivors celebrate with families, friends and hospital staff Sunday in Hilliard
           
WHEN:
Sunday, September 12, 2010
1 - 5 p.m.
*2:30 p.m. best media opportunity

WHERE:
Homestead Park
Lakeside Pavilion
Hilliard, OH

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   
More than 60 pediatric cancer survivors and their families are expected to gather for Nationwide
Children’s Hospital Survivorship Celebration 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday at Homestead Park in Hilliard. The Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation staff will join in the reunion as they welcome back the children they once cared for to celebrate their lives.

In addition to the reunion festivities, a one-mile walk, slated to begin at 1:30 p.m., will be held to help fund the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) of which Nationwide Children’s is a member. The COG is an international organization that design, review and revise protocols for treating children, adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer, all with the end goal to improve survival rates and quality of life for patients.

Each year, more than 150 patients are diagnosed with cancer at Nationwide Children’s. And with total inpatient admissions and outpatient visits exceeding 13,000 annually, Hematology/Oncology & BMT at Nationwide Children’s is the largest facility of its kind in Ohio and one of the largest in the United States.

Nationwide Children’s is consistently ranked as one of the top pediatric cancer hospitals in the country, and is designated as a National Institutes of Health Comprehensive Cancer Center. It is home to the Biopathology Center, the largest pediatric tumor registry in the country.

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CONTACT PRIOR TO EVENT:
Mary Ellen Peacock
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Marketing and Public Relations
(614) 937-7316

CONTACT AT EVENT:
Kathy Johnston
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Hematology/Oncology
(614) 620-2219

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.