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REF NO.: 172

SUBJECT: Public dialogue on cancer at Memorial University

DATE: April 9

Note to editors
               Media representatives are invited to attend the Public Dialogue on Cancer: Let’s Get Personal. This event, sponsored by the Terry Fox Research Institute, takes place Monday, April 12, in room 2001, Inco Innovation Centre. There is a public reception at 4:30 p.m. and the dialogue takes places from 5:30 - 8 p.m.
The event is being held on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope, which began in St. John’s in 1980. Researchers, health professionals and cancer survivors from the four Atlantic Provinces will participate in the dialogue. They will discuss the health of the population, the health care system and the science behind cancer care.
Local speakers and panellists are:
           Dr. Kara Laing of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre and Dr. Stewart Rorke of the Eastern Health Authority;
           Geneticist Dr. Jane Green, health care ethicist Dr. Chris Kaposy and retired professor Dr. Verna Skanes, all of Memorial University of Newfoundland;
           Geoff Eaton, president of Young Adult Cancer Canada.
Members of the Terry Fox Research Institute, the Terry Fox Foundation and the Terry Fox Family will also be present. 
The event is co-funded by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Terry Fox Foundation and the TFRI.
For more information and/or to reserve a seat, register on the Dialogue website at

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For further information, please contact: Sharon Gray, communications co-ordinator (health sciences) at 709.777.8397 or


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