Survivors Park opens
Richard A. Bloch, co-founder of tax preparation giant H&R Block,
was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer on March 29, 1978, he was
given just three months to live. Still cancer-free more than 23
years later, Bloch flew into Sacramento on a crisp winter day in
December to dedicate the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors
Park at UC Davis Medical Center.
Made possible by an $850,000 gift from the R. A. Bloch Cancer Foundation
and more than $40,000 from local donors, the 1.2-acre park is located
at Stockton Boulevard and 2nd Avenue on land donated by the UC Davis
Health System. The park features a bronze sculpture, a “positive
mental attitude walk” with 14 inspirational messages, and
a “road to recovery” with seven motivational plaques.
The new park is the 18th built by the Bloch foundation. The first
was established in Kansas City, Mo., Bloch’s hometown, in
1989. Parks followed in Orlando, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix and a
dozen other cities.
“This handsome park is a wonderful addition to our campus,
and will provide a much-needed place of solace and comfort for our
patients and their families from throughout the region,” says
Robert E. Chason, chief operating officer of the UC Davis Health
System. “Cancer is a disease that touches all of us in some
way, but Dick Bloch, and this park, are living reminders that there
If you would like to honor a cancer survivor or special health-care
provider, please call (916) 734-9400 to ask about naming opportunities.
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and Annette Bloch at the Cancer Survivors Park dedication.