UC Irvine Health hosts 16th annual Adult Cancer Survivor Holiday Party

Patients, physicians, nurses and volunteers gather to celebrate

December 03, 2015

For patients, physicians, nurses, volunteers and family members, the UC Irvine Health Annual Adult Cancer Survivor Holiday Party is the most exciting event of the season. Now in its 16th year, what started out as a casual potluck lunch shared by a couple of nurses and a few patients, has grown into a festive celebration and formal dinner attended by hundreds.

Hosted by the UC Irvine Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, more than 300 people are expected at this year’s party, where they will enjoy a cocktail hour, dinner, entertainment, raffle prizes and more.

“Our patients look forward to this event every year as a special opportunity to share the camaraderie they feel and to celebrate life with other survivors,” said Nancy Eagan, senior director of cancer center operations. “They also love seeing their doctors, nurses and social workers in a social setting. The party is a pleasant contrast to the clinical setting, and gives patients and their family members a chance to enjoy themselves in the company of those who helped them through their journey from illness back to health.”

Dr. Richard Van Etten, director of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Dr. Leonard Sender, director of clinical oncology services, will speak. Dr. Edward Nelson, chief of the division of hematology and oncology, will reveal the winner of this year’s Dr. Ronald Koons Humanitarian Award. This annual award recognizes a cancer center employee or volunteer for providing outstanding patient care through innovative means or exceptional service or leadership.

The party will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel at 100 The City Drive, Orange, CA 92868.

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