Cancer Walk Draws 4,000 Survivors, Friends
Approximately 4,000 cancer survivors, family members, and friends participated in the 11th annual Cancer Survivors’ Walk and Celebration on June 6. Organized by the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, the five-mile lakefront walk, which began at Grant Park in downtown Chicago, included 1,000 cancer survivors who had been treated at the Cancer Center.
“This year has really been a celebration,” remarked Steven T. Rosen, MD, Genevieve E. Teuton Professor of Medicine at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine and director of the Cancer Center. “People with cancer feel a growing confidence they can survive the disease. Cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence.”
Chicago was one of 700 sites to hold a cancer walk on June 6, deemed National Cancer Survivors Day by the nonprofit, Tennessee-based National Cancer Survivors’ Day Foundation that sponsored the walks. Cancer afflicts approximately 9.6 million Americans.