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Published on July 22, 2015

Cancer Survivors’ Day celebration features BBQ, art, and presentation on advance-care planning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Monica Sciuto (831) 622-2756

MONTEREY, Calif. — The annual Cancer Survivors’ Day celebration hosted by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula will feature a presentation, It’s Always Too Early — Until It’s Too Late: Advance-Care Planning, as well as a barbecue, patient art display, therapy dogs, and more.

Hands of hopeThe free event is open to cancer survivors and their family and friends, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, August 8 at Monterey Peninsula College. The celebration is in its 20th year and usually attracts more than 1,000 people who gather to acknowledge, support, and honor cancer survivors with fun, fellowship, food, and entertainment. Activities include a barbecue lunch featuring local doctors at the grill; creation of the Hands of Hope mural, with survivors leaving their hand prints, signatures, and number of years since diagnosis; group photos; and visits with therapy dogs.

From 11 a.m. to noon, Dr. John Hausdorff, medical oncologist with Pacific Cancer Care in Monterey, and Joy Smith, RN, oncology patient educator at Community Hospital will present on advance-care planning. Their presentation is limited to 300 attendees.

Registration is required by calling (800) 388-4301, emailing cancer.survivorship@chomp.org, or visiting www.chomp.org/celebrate.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/

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