Cancer Survivor's Day Celebration Set for June 13

San Diego – Scripps Cancer Center will host a free celebration for local cancer survivors, their families and the community at large as part of the 23rd annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day celebration Sunday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Valerie Timken Amphitheater at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla.

“A Celebration of Life” will include presentations on the latest treatment innovations for cancer patients and strategies for eating right during and after cancer treatment. A special musical performance by local boogie woogie and blues artist Sue Palmer will conclude the program. Refreshments will be served at a reception in the lobby of the Anderson Outpatient Pavilion immediately following the program.

The event is open to anyone living with a history of cancer, regardless of where they received treatment. Scripps Green Hospital is located at 10666 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, Calif. 92037. To register to attend, call 858-554-8533 by June 7. Parking will be free.

Hundreds of communities across America and abroad will hold celebrations to observe National Cancer Survivor’s Day throughout June. Nationwide, there are approximately 11 million people living with a history of cancer. Scripps Cancer Center provides treatment at five hospital sites and 10 Scripps Clinic locations in San Diego County. Scripps also offers a wide range of support services and patient assistance programs, and administers education and screening programs to underserved residents for breast, cervical, prostate, colorectal and other forms of cancer.

With more than 300 affiliated physicians, Scripps Cancer Center is a nationally recognized leader in cancer care, providing comprehensive care at its five hospital sites and various Scripps Clinic locations. In collaboration with The Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Cancer Center seeks to provide the best possible treatment and cutting-edge research trials for patients by coordinating medical expertise in the areas of clinical cancer care, community outreach and clinical, translational and basic research. In 2008, Scripps Cancer Center earned network accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.

ABOUT SCRIPPS HEALTH

Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a $2 billion nonprofit community health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats a half-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,500 affiliated physicians and 12,700 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, and an ambulatory care network of clinics, physician offices and outpatient centers. Recognized as a leader in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research and graduate medical education. More information can be found at www.scripps.org.

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