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Cancer Survivors Honored at Luncheon June 4, 2008

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Hundreds Gather to Celebrate Life at Cancer Event

Motivational speaker Mack Dryden (left), WJBF-TV anchor and reporter Kimberley Scott and Bob Kepshire, University Hospital's Emergency & Community Services Director, get ready for the annual Cancer Survivor Luncheon, which was help Sunday, June 1, at the Augusta Marriott Hotel.

(June 1, 2008) – Hundreds of cancer survivors and their family members gathered during the annual Celebration of Life Luncheon held Sunday, June 1, 2008, at the Augusta Marriott Hotel.

This annual event, sponsored by University Hospital’s Cancer Services, honors cancer survivors as well as those who are currently battling the disease. It also celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day, which is held annually on the first Sunday in June.

WJBF-TV Anchor and Reporter Kimberely Scott was mistress of ceremonies and welcomed the guests to an afternoon of food and fun before introducing Pam Anderson, University Hospital’s Cancer Services Program Coordinator to the crowd.

Ms. Anderson, herself a breast-cancer survivor, offered her own words of encouragement to those survivors in the audience.

After a catered lunch, the audience was entertained by Mack Dryden, a two-time cancer survivor and nationally recognized motivational speaker. Mr. Dryden, who is a comedian, actor and writer, made the audience smile and laugh with his presentation, Celebrating Survival: Live Happy, Laugh Loud.

About National Cancer Survivors Day: A day each year to honor for their strength and courage all people around the world who are living with a history of cancer. It is also a day to acknowledge the contributions of their family, friends and health care providers, as well as those engaged in cancer research. For more information log on to www.ncsdf.org.

About Mack Dryden: Mr. Dryden has performed on The Tonight Show as part of the comedy duo Mack & Jamie with his longtime partner Jamie Alcroft. The pair also performed in their own syndicated TV show as well as played a pair of bumbling FBI agents in the film Million Dollar Mystery. Individually, Mr. Dryden has worked as a writer for Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and played roles on shows ranging from JAG to Saved By the Bell.

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