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Young Cancer Survivors Celebrate at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

Just a few weeks from now, Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week will promote the unique challenges that young adult cancer patients and survivors face, including fertility, other long-term effects, education and career impediments, and more. This 9th annual week of education from April 3-9, 2011 will see events around the country and the world to celebrate young cancer survivors.

In Chicago, Illinois men and women who were diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 18 and 39 are invited to a private event at the Museum of Science and Industry, the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere.  The Thursday, April 7 event, called A Night at the Museum: An Evening for Young Adults Touched by Cancer, will include a cocktail reception in the spacious entry hall. A panel discussion with survivors and young adult experts will discuss the different perspectives on, “What Makes a Young Survivor Unique?” This panel will provide young adult survivors with information about their health and connect them with support and advocacy services that can help them proactively manage survivorship.

After the panel discussion, young adult attendees will receive a personalized introduction to the You! The Experience exhibit at the by the curator of the exhibit. A private exploration of the exhibit will introduce survivors to the many aspects of the human body including the mind, appetite, heart, movement, and laughter. Young adult advocacy programs and services geared to each of these elements will also be available throughout the evening.

The Evening for Young Adults Touched by Cancer will begin at 6pm and is open to all cancer survivors diagnosed between 18 and 39 and a guest. The Museum of Science and Industry is at 57th St. and Lake Shore Dr. in Chicago. All attendees must be 21 to attend. The $15 cost of the event covers museum admission, reception, and parking.  For information on scholarships, contact jorie-rosen@northwestern.edu. Click here to register by April 4.

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