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Cancer Celebration of Hope Planned for Cheyenne

1/17/2013

The Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium (WCCCC) is inviting interested residents to participate in the 8th Annual Celebration of Hope at the Wyoming State Capitol on January 24.  

During the celebration, cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, healthcare providers, and others involved with cancer-related efforts in Wyoming will gather at the state Capitol to celebrate hope, progress and Wyoming cancer survivors. This year’s celebration will focus on childhood cancer and “Camp Courage Wyoming.”  

From 2001 through 2010, there were 218 cases of cancer, an average of 22 cases per year, diagnosed in children and adolescents in Wyoming.

“These numbers are small but the impact to families is not,” said Jessica Perez, Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control outreach specialist. “Because there are no cancer programs or hospitals in Wyoming equipped to handle these special cases, children must travel out of state to receive care and treatment.

Camp Courage Wyoming was created to bring childhood cancer patients, their parents and siblings together to provide a Wyoming connection for families who travel around the country for specialized cancer treatment. The camp was born through a partnership between Jason’s Friends Foundation and the WCCCC. The camp was funded through the creation of a cancer survivor’s cookbook, corporate sponsorships and private donations of time and materials.                    

For more information about the celebration event or Camp Courage Wyoming, contact Perez at 307-777-7362.


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