survivors park slated for UC Davis Medical Center
R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation has committed $1 million to the UC
Davis Health System to build a park to celebrate and inspire cancer
survivors on medical center property in Sacramento.
Kansas City-based charitable organization - founded by financial
entrepreneur Richard Bloch and his wife, Annette - has built 16
cancer survivors parks in major cities across the United States.
The Sacramento site to be located off Stockton Boulevard at Second
Avenue will be the fourth such park in California.
a regional leader in cancer research we're very proud to be able
to participate in this beautiful addition to the medical center
campus," says Bob Chason, chief operating officer for the UC
Davis Medical Center. "This park is special because unlike
other memorials, it is dedicated to the living. Millions of Americans
are alive today because of advances in cancer care."
architect for the project is Hilton Williams of Forrar Williams
Architects in Sacramento.
1.3-acre park will extend from Stockton Boulevard towards 45th Street
where it will adjoin the Camellia Inn and Suites, a hotel planned
for visitors and families of medical center patients. Groundbreaking
for the park is expected to take place next year, with construction
expected to be completed by June 2001.
cities in California with Cancer Survivors Parks are Santa Rosa,
Rancho Mirage and Bakersfield.
Sacramento park will include components common to all Bloch cancer
"positive mental attitude" walk decorated with 14 bronze
plaques bearing inspirational and instructional messages;
sculpture of eight life-sized bronze figures passing through a
maze that represents cancer treatment and recovery; and
"Road to Recovery" footpath where walkers can read plaques
with practical advice for a healthy and cancer-free lifestyle.
Bloch, 74, co-founder and honorary chairman of the board of H&R
Block, Inc., was diagnosed in 1978 with terminal lung cancer and
given 90 days to live by his physician. He sought a second medical
opinion and subsequently underwent aggressive treatment at the M.D.
Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. After two years his cancer went
into remission, and a thankful Bloch devoted himself to advocacy
on behalf of cancer patients. In 1980 Bloch formed the R.A. Bloch
Cancer Foundation, named for himself and his wife.
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