UCSF Children's Hospital to celebrate young patients battling cancer

By Phyllis Brown

* What:
“Celebrating Our Heroes,” an event to acknowledge the courage and determination of children undergoing cancer treatment at UCSF Children’s Hospital. More than 200 current and former pediatric cancer patients and their families are expected to attend the event.   

* When:
Saturday, September 15, 2007
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

* Where:
The San Francisco Zoo
Lorikeet Meadow Tent
Sloat Boulevard and 45th Avenue
San Francisco, CA

* Contact:
Members of the news media are invited to attend and cover the event. To arrange interviews with participants, contact Phyllis Brown in the UCSF News Office at (415) 476-2557 or on cell phone (415) 244-5402.  Members of the news media who attend the event should ask to speak with oncology social worker and news media liaison Maria Bracamonte. 

* Background:
Led by Kate Matthay, MD, the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disease Program at UCSF Children’s Hospital is an international leader in the treatment of a wide variety of childhood cancer and blood diseases from diagnosis to cure and survival.

UCSF Children’s Hospital has one of the world’s leading programs in bone marrow transplantation, a life-saving treatment for children with leukemia and lymphoma as well as diseases of the immune system, such as aplastic anemia. UCSF is also a member of the Children’s Oncology Group , a national organization of 150 pediatric cancer centers that explores new treatments for childhood cancer, and New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Treatment (NANT), a federally funded consortium of universities and children’s hospitals that tests promising new therapies for neuroblastoma, a common and often difficult to treat cancer.

The UCSF Children’s Hospital Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program is dedicated to assisting survivors of pediatric cancer achieve and maintain optimal physical and emotional health through clinical care, education and research.

One of the nation’s top children’s hospitals, UCSF Children’s Hospital creates a healing environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the healing edge of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond.

UCSF is a leading university that consistently defines health care worldwide by conducting advanced biomedical research, educating graduate students in the life sciences and health professions, and providing complex patient care.