St. John to Host Celebrating the Art of Healing

Celebrating the Art of Healing, an annual educational symposium for cancer patients and survivors, as well as the families, friends and medical professionals who care for them, is slated for Saturday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Mary K. Chapman Health Plaza on the St. John Medical Center campus. The first half of the program will take place in the Robinson/LaFortune rooms, and breakout sessions will begin at 11 a.m. in lower-level rooms.

Attendees should wear comfortable clothing to allow for easy movement. The workshops will highlight a variety of activities, such as restorative yoga, physical rehabilitation, self-reflection and artistic expression, that can enhance the quality of life for those facing the challenges of cancer.

Celebrating the Art of Healing was conceived 10 years ago as a way to offer hope and inspiration to cancer patients and survivors. This year Dr. Neil Caporaso, chief of the genetic epidemiology branch of the National Cancer Institute, will offer the keynote address, which will focus on new molecular technologies that have developed targeted and personalized therapies to treat cancer more effectively. Caporaso said he is eager to share with attendees what can be done now to reduce risk, prevent recurrence and generally improve health.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so registration is requested. For more information or to register, please call the St. John PulseLine at 918-744-0123. Free parking is available throughout the campus, but the closest parking will be in the Health Plaza parking lot or the Bernsen Building parkade at the corner of 19th Street and Wheeling Avenue.

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