COLUMBUS, Ohio – Victoria Reggie Kennedy, wife of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, will be the keynote speaker at The Ohio State University during the third annual Brain Tumor Awareness and Survivor Celebration.
The free event, which is open to cancer survivors and their friends and family, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road. Media are invited to cover the speech at 11 a.m. Oct. 10.
The event is sponsored by the Division of Neuro-Oncology at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute and Ohio State’s LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence.
The celebration will feature refreshments, massage therapy, music therapy, tai chi, balloon launch, reflexology, music therapy and children’s activities. In addition, brain tumor patients will have the opportunity to tell their name, story and diagnosis through the “hidden under our hats” campaign, by decorating their own personalized hats. All decorated, donated hats will be sent to Washington, D.C., with other hats from around the country, in a lobbying effort to raise brain tumor awareness and research funds.
Registration is required to attend the free event. For more information and to register, contact Deanne Valentine at 614-293-4448 or Deanne.Valentine@osumc.edu.
Mrs. Kennedy will share her experiences as the primary caregiver for her husband after he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008, and the urgent need for additional research and treatment for cancer patients. Sen. Kennedy died Aug. 25, 2009.
Mrs. Kennedy has been described as Sen. Kennedy’s “closest confidante in politics and life.” She was deeply involved in his political and legislative career, including working with him on his autobiography “True Compass: A Memoir,” published last September. She will sign copies of the book following her talk.
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (cancer.osu.edu) is one of only 40 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States designated by the National Cancer Institute. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top cancer hospitals in the nation, The James is the 180-bed adult patient-care component of the cancer program at The Ohio State University. The OSUCCC-James is one of only seven funded programs in the country approved by the NCI to conduct both Phase I and Phase II clinical trials.# # #
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