Media Advisory: A Special Day for Those Who Cherish Every Day Survivorship Celebration

October 1, 2011

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, October 2, 2011
1:30 p.m. – media opportunity
*event lasts until 5 p.m.

WHERE:
Homestead Park
Lakeside Pavilion
4675 Cosgray Rd.
Hilliard, OH 43026

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:    
Pediatric cancer survivors and their families have been invited to gather for Nationwide
Children’s Hospital Survivorship Celebration Sunday at Homestead Park in Hilliard. The Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) staff will join in the reunion as they welcome back the children they once cared for and celebrate their lives.

In addition to face painting, juggling, food and other reunion festivities, a one-mile survivor walk will begin at 2:15 p.m.

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 part of the Children’s Oncology Group, an organization of pediatric oncologists, nurses, psychologists, surgeons and researchers that design protocols and conduct research which have brought the pediatric cancer survivorship rate to 80 percent in 2011. Nationwide Children’s also is designated as a National Institutes of Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, and is home to the Biopathology Center, the largest pediatric tumor registry in the country.

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

CONTACT AT EVENT:
Katharine Johnston
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Hematology/Oncology
Cell: (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.