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St Lukes Cancer Survivors Day at Lehigh Valley Zoo on May 19

More than 1200 People to Attend St. Luke’s Cancer Survivors Day Event “Down on the Farm” at Lehigh Valley Zoo May 19

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Bethlehem, PA (5/17/2012) - From family members to close friends, everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. This Saturday, May 19, 2012, from 4 to 8 pm, St. Luke’s Cancer Center is hosting their annual Cancer Survivors Day event at Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville. This is the 6th consecutive year St. Luke’s Cancer Center has hosted a survivorship event.

“Down on the Farm” is this year’s theme. The event, created exclusively for St. Luke’s Cancer Center patients and their loved ones, is held to honor cancer survivors and show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, fulfilling and even inspiring. Events like these provide an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer - including America's 12 million cancer survivors - to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize the healthcare providers, family and friends who have supported them along the way.

Members of St. Luke’s family, including cancer doctors, oncology nurses and cancer support staff, are participating. Outback Steakhouse employees (Bethlehem Township and Allentown restaurants) and Pepsi Beverages Company employees (Allentown) are also volunteering at the event and have donated products. CAT Country 96 will be on site playing country music for the crowd. Nearly 1,100 cancer survivors and their family members are registered for the event, bringing the crowd total with volunteers, to over 1,200 for the night.

"I’m really excited to know that so many people signed up for this great event,” says Lee Riley, MD, PhD, FACS, Medical Director of Oncology Services, St. Luke’s University Health Network. “The St. Luke’s family greatly appreciates the time to visit with our patients and their loved ones. We want them to have a great experience and create new memories with those they hold dear.”

Registrants are coming from Northampton, Lehigh, Monroe, Bucks, Berks, Schuylkill, Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania and from Warren County New Jersey.

This year, registered guests will be treated to a casual meal. Guests also have the opportunity to help create a St. Luke’s Survivorship Quilt by personalizing a quilting square to inspire, to honor or to memorialize a loved one. The quilt will be later assembled by Colonial Quilters. The American Cancer Society will be on hand to raise awareness of the ACS Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3).

Artists from The Banana Factory will have an arts and crafts station. Kids’ face painting and strolling will be provided by Bumper “T” Caring Clowns. Square dancing performances by the Lehigh Valley Bachelors and Bachelorettes, paddle boat and wagon rides, guided zoo tours, farm animal programs, free blood pressure checks and other great activities are planned for the evening.