Cancer Survivors Celebration honors hundreds
During a week focused on horseracing, hundreds turned out to celebrate cancer survivors and their families at the 11th annual Cancer Survivors Celebration at the University of Louisville’s Clinical and Translational Research Building, Thursday, April 29.
“The most important race is the one those of you in this room have been through and have won, and that’s the race for life,” said Kentucky’s First Lady Jane Beshear. The governor was unable to attend because he was in western Kentucky at the site of a mine explosion that trapped two workers.
The first lady is well-known for her commitment to cancer awareness, especially breast cancer, which took her mother’s life.
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson addressed the group, as well.
“We not only tip our hats and pray for years of health and happiness for the survivors, but also for their support teams,” he said.
James Graham Brown Cancer Center Director Donald Miller promised the more than 300 cancer survivors in attendance that “We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing until every cancer patient is a survivor.”
Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, a physician who diagnosed his own mother with cancer 20 years ago, also spoke at the event. His mother died of metastatic colon cancer one year after her diagnosis. UofL President James Ramsey opened the program.
The cancer survivors and 400 guests received tickets to attend the Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade, which immediately following the celebration.