Lurie Cancer Center Hosts 23rd Annual Cancer Survivors Celebration Walk & 5K Run

Northwestern Medicine
Cancer Care/Oncology May 23, 2016
Cancer survivors, families and friends together with Northwestern Medicne health professionals take time for a group photoMore than 4,000 people are expected to participate in the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University’s 23rd Annual Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk & 5K Run in Chicago’s Grant Park on Sunday, June 5 - National Cancer Survivors Day. One of the nation’s largest cancer survivorship events, the celebration brings cancer survivors, families and friends together with the physicians, scientists and health professionals who support them in a tribute to cancer survivors and the breakthroughs being made in cancer treatment and research. Participants will have the option of joining a non-competitive walk or a chip-timed 5K along the lakefront. 

“Our Annual Cancer Survivors’ Celebration provides a wonderful opportunity to honor cancer survivors, celebrate advances and look toward the future,” said Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD, director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. “Lurie Cancer Center and Northwestern Medicine clinicians and researchers are focused not only on providing innovative cancer care, but also expanding the programs and support to improve our patients’ quality of life after treatment. We are proud to stand with our patients and their families. Their strength and resilience inspires everything we do.”

The Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk & 5K will feature family-friendly activities, including a picnic, t-shirts, music, entertainment and the opportunity to hear directly from cancer survivors including Jeff Samuels, who was diagnosed in August 2014 with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), a rare form of leukemia. While he was treated for APL, his younger sister Abbey was also receiving treatment at the Lurie Cancer Center for stage 4 glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Jeff, who has been in remission since December 2014, participates in the Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk & 5K in memory of Abbey, who passed away in November 2014, and in honor of everyone who has been touched by cancer.

“Living with and surviving cancer, both as a caregiver and as a patient, has shown me many different things,” said Samuels, who lives in Deerfield with his wife and two daughters. “The biggest is that all of us are affected by cancer every day, whether we like it or not.  We are either someone who is being treated for cancer or beat cancer, or we know someone who is fighting cancer or had cancer. We’re all survivors in some way and this event is a way for us all to celebrate together and remember those who we have lost.”

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