UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center celebrates survivors

Week-long celebration concludes with a picnic

Marlene von Friedrichs-Fitzwater © UC Regents
Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater leads outreach efforts for UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, including a week of free activities for cancer survivors and their families.

Posted May 23, 2012

Each year, cancer survivors around the country celebrate National Cancer Survivor's Day with events to honor their journeys through the disease and their survivorship. UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will mark the occasion with a week of free activities for survivors and their families.

The first event, "Moving Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment," takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium. The "Learn at Lunch" lecture will be presented by Marlene M. von Friederichs-Fitzwater, assistant professor of hematology and oncology and director of the cancer center's Outreach Research and Education Program. Her talk will explore ways to manage physical and emotional changes after treatment, follow-up medical care and relationships.

The second event, on Thursday, May 31, is "Survivorship is Sweet," an afternoon tea from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in classroom 2030 of the Facilities Support Services Building, 4800 2nd Ave. in Sacramento. Breast cancer survivors are invited to celebrate and learn about the WeCARE! Breast Cancer Peer Navigator Program for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and survivors trained as "cancer coaches." Light refreshments, tea and lemonade will be served.

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Schedule of events on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis

May 29: Lecture on "Moving Forward — Life After Cancer Treatment"
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium

May 31: "Survivorship is Sweet" afternoon tea
Time: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Location: Facilities Support Services Building classroom 2030

June 2: Cancer Survivor's Picnic
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: In front of the Facilities Support Services Building

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The final survivor's week event is the picnic on Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lively celebration includes a BBQ lunch for the first 250 registered participants, information booths for people interested in support groups and community advocacy, and a special hands-on workshop creating circles of survivorship with oncology nurse and healing arts educator, Terri Wolf. Crafts and other activities for children also will be available. The event this year takes place front of the Facilities Support Services Building at 4800 Second Ave. in Sacramento.

For more information or to register for any of the events, contact Patti Robinson at 916-734-0823 or patricia.robinson@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California, a region of more than 6 million people. Its specialists provide compassionate, comprehensive care for more than 9,000 adults and children every year, and access to more than 150 clinical trials at any given time. Its innovative research program engages more than 280 scientists at UC Davis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Jackson Laboratory (JAX West), whose scientific partnerships advance discovery of new tools to diagnose and treat cancer. Through the Cancer Care Network, UC Davis collaborates with a number of hospitals and clinical centers throughout the Central Valley and Northern California regions to offer the latest cancer care. Its community-based outreach and education programs address disparities in cancer outcomes across diverse populations. For more information, visit cancer.ucdavis.edu.