"Cancer in the Classroom" Program Tackles Challenges Children Face When Diagnosed with Cancer

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Event focuses on family members, teachers, and school personnel

Buffalo, NY – Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), in conjunction with the Steadfast Foundation, Make-A-Wish, Camp Good Days, Carly’s Club, The Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the American Cancer Society, will present “Cancer in the Classroom”, a joint program designed to help the individuals who make up a child’s support network understand the unique challenges a child faces when diagnosed with or fighting cancer. The program will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 7:30 am to 3:15 pm at Michael’s Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg, NY. Topics include general information on childhood cancer and its long-term effects; return-to-school challenges; and how children cope when a parent or sibling has cancer. A student/parent panel discussion and breakout sessions will also be featured.

For more information, contact Karen Cooper, Educational Affairs Office, Roswell Park Cancer Institute at 716/845-8178 or karen.cooper@roswellpark.org.

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org.

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Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager
716-845-8593; annie.deck-miller@roswellpark.org